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Tidying Up Cybersecurity

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019

Tidying Up Cybersecurity   ‘Hacking’ is on the increase. Multiple small municipalities have received ransomware attacks. Cyber crime is increasing because we are a digital society. Cyber crime is increasing because thieves have discovered they don’t have to dodge real bullets. That means you and me, our neighbors, co-workers and family have to be careful and smart about our own digital use. Just like we lock our house and car, we need to secure our digital world. To secure our digital world begins with ‘spring cleaning’ of apps and software we are using. We can borrow from Marie Kondo’s...

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“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

“Wormable” Microsoft flaw: What you need to do   Microsoft has announced a major security flaw in its Windows software that rivals the WannaCry worm that infected thousands of devices in 2017. Microsoft warns that this vulnerability is especially dangerous because it requires no user interaction. In other words, once one device is infected it can quickly spread to another vulnerable computer on its own. While there is no evidence that the flaw has been exploited at this time, Microsoft believes that it is “highly likely” that it will be. This new vulnerability is a part of the “remote...

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China and Your Checkbook

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019

China and Your Checkbook   Is the trade war with China going to impact your pocket book? Depends on what you are buying. If you are building a home or remodeling, you will see increased prices over last year for doors and crown molding. Products packaged in aluminum cans have seen cost increases. Questions is how much is absorbed by the manufacturer and how much is passed on to consumers. Farmers are feeling a direct impact of trade wars which will have a ripple effect. We are about to enter a second round of tariffs applied to Chinese products. China’s response is to impose their own round...

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Personal Cyber Threat

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019

Personal Cyber Threat   IRS Scams   Tax season is here – Expect an uptick in tax phishing emails. 2018 saw a doubling of tax related scam incidents. Sometimes emails appear to come from tax preparers or the IRS itself.   The fraudulent emails often ask recipients for personal information. Or lead them to a website where they can input this data. Tax payers should be cautious when opening any email that asks for personal information.   When in doubt, delete the email and call the sender yourself to verify.   Credit Card Fraud   Credit card fraud continues to rise despite the rollout of chip...

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Beware! Thieves!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018

IRS is open for business. However, refunds can be held up for closer scrutiny – especially if you are claiming refundable child tax credit or earned income credit. Measures to help detect tax identity theft and refund fraud could result in delays. Emerging Threats New tax bill may increase tax fraud this year. Experts warn that the combination of new laws, IRS budget cuts, and data breaches gives way for hackers to commit tax identity theft. For example, the Equifax breach in 2017 exposed the Social Security numbers of 143 million people, which can be used to file fraudulent tax returns. The...

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