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The reason scammers are still telling you to buy gift cards.


Cybersecurity news from ReliaShield

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Five million customers of TitleMax are victims of a serious cyber breach. Customers’ personal information, including credit card numbers and card security codes, PINs, passwords, as well as social security and passport numbers, have been stolen, according to DataBreachToday. TitleMax customers should stay informed of updates from the company, change passwords on accounts provided when applying for loans, and monitor all financial statements.


Netflix clamped down on password sharing earlier this summer. Now, it’s Disney’s turn. Variety says that later this year, the company will announce how it plans to prevent Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu customers from sharing passwords with friends and family members. After Netflix stopped allowing password-sharing, the streamer added six million new customers.


Beware of dating scams on LinkedIn. In Passport Photo Online’s poll of over 1,000 women who use LinkedIn, 90% say they have received romantic messages, causing many to cut back on their use of the platform. LinkedIn urges users to report inappropriate behavior to the company by clicking the “More” icon on their LinkedIn page and then “Report this post.”



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Almost half of those in their 30s and 40s have been victims of cybercrime.
Their average loss per incident is 

About one in five seniors
have been victims.
Their average loss per incident
 is $1,300. 

What they have in common: 

- Believe cyber scams "can't happen to me."
- Trust emails and text messages too easily.
- Don't update software that powers their devices.
- Become "paralyzed" when scammed.
- Don't tell anyone or seek help.

How they're different:

30s and 40s:
- More apt to install bad software.
- Share too much on social media.
- Online far more than seniors.

- Apt to fall for tech support and romance scams.
- Frequently ripped off when buying online.
- More apt to believe scam phone calls.

To be safer online:

- Remember: just because the message is urgent doesn't make it real.
- Don't share information on social media just because it feels good.
- Understand the basics of your cellphone and computer: its software has to be updated.
- Don't be embarrassed if you realize you've been ripped off. Ask someone you trust for help.

Here's an easy-to-understand PDF to download and print
for you, your kids, your parents, or anybody who spends time online.

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"Can someone steal information off your cellphone while you’re using it?"      


Cellphone networks are well-protected from hackers. And you can protect yourself even more by taking these precautions.


  • Don't put it off when your cellphone prompts you to update its operating system.

  • Only join a Wi-Fi network if you’re certain it’s safe. Remember, crooks can name their Wi-Fi networks anything, including something that looks reputable.

  • Make certain no one is peering over your shoulder when you’re doing important tasks involving personal information.

  • Keep your phone on you. Don’t leave it behind, even for a short time.




"Should you always go to the bank to manage finances instead of doing online banking?"


Are you uncomfortable with technology? Do you prefer to deal with a person when you’re banking? Are you involved in a complex transaction or one that involves a lot of money? Those are reasons you might prefer to do your banking in person.


Online banking platforms use state-of-the-art security and are available for transactions 24/7. So, whether you do your banking online comes down to preference.



"Should I invest money in Bitcoin?"


Bitcoin is a digital currency that doesn’t involve a central bank and can be traded online. It is a volatile investment. This column isn’t a resource for investment decisions, but it’s best to consult an investment professional before putting your money into Bitcoin.


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