Phishing For Your Identity

Phishing For Your Identity

We have all received those emails that look like they are coming from trusted websites. Emails that direct you to a website that looks familiar to update certain information, even personal data. Beware when these sites are asking you to update secure information such as social security numbers, passwords or even credit card numbers or bank information.   What makes these emails so trusted is that you know the business name as one where you have done business in the past. The logo, colors and look and feel of the site look so familiar. One of the most recent examples is your domain name registrar that says your domain is about to expire. Or your hosting company that says you have run out of hosting space and your website will be taken down if you don’t update your information.   There is a website called WhoIs.com that will give anyone who searches all the details about a domain – where it is registered, who owns it, the address, both email and physical, of the owner and where it is hosted. I was recently introduced to a “scraper” that will create a spreadsheet of all this information for as many websites as you put into the program. Right there at their fingertips is all the information a hacker needs. (More information later on how to protect this.)   You are tempted to click on the link provided because it is so convenient and then when you do it is natural to want to correct false information. Much to your regret you find out later this was a false website that...
Preventing Identity Theft

Preventing Identity Theft

Your identity is important and needs to be protected.  Criminals will use your name, address, social security numbers and credit card information to commit other crimes.  You need to pay close attention to your personal information to protect yourself. Here are some ideas. Make sure you purchase and use a shredder.  You will want to shred all documents that contain any personal information – even direct mail pieces.   This will ensure that no one can get information about you or your family. This may seem obvious, but never loan your credit cards to anyone even family members or close friends. They could lose the card or it may be stolen and it will be days before they realize that it is gone. Always avoid mail or telephone requests that are promotions offering instant prizes in exchange for your information.  Even something as small as asking for your address so they can mail the prize.  Often they ask for information that could easily be obtained and then move into more personal information.  Once you start talking with them it is easy to give out personal information without realizing it. Along these same lines is responding to emails requesting even basic information.  I am sure you have received the email stating you have inherited money.  Most of us know to trash these emails and ignore them.  However, other emails seem to be legitimate and appear to come from your bank or other lending institutions.  If you think your bank may be contacting you, stop and talk to them – never reply to an email. Are you a Facebook user? This is...
Monitoring Cyber Security Threats Part 1

Monitoring Cyber Security Threats Part 1

This month is Cyber Security Month and all of us at PcRx want to make sure that you stay safe. No matter what your business may be, it is imperative for you to see to it that your company’s network is safe from internet security threats. You don’t have to be an expert to do this and you need to make sure your company stays protected from these cyber threats at all cost. The basic knowledge of the main threats in the internet space will in itself enable you to implement safety measures and procedures to minimize the risks of having to deal with major problems pertaining to them. The major internet threats that can harm just about any business or company today are aplenty: Spyware and Viruses These threats could get in your computer by various means particularly through email, clicking links that contain malicious files and documents and especially through downloads. What Can Viruses Do? Mainly, viruses can do a lot of harmful things to your system and to your company in general. Through it, your company information, employee records and other pertinent computer documents can be stolen by the hackers who implemented these viruses.Even worse, your entire system can be locked down by a virus. That’s how bad it can get when you don’t stay vigilant to these kinds of threats. What Can Spyware do? A spyware is a tool that allows internet hackers to spy on another person or network’s internet activities. It can allow them to log in to the computer of another person remotely without the knowledge of that person. Through it, hackers...