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Yahoo Breach Update: What You Need to Know

By Wiss Associate Originally in August 2013 hackers stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts. The information was account information such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates as well as hashed passwords and security questions and answers. Yahoo claimed that payment card data and bank account information was not part of the information stolen as it was not on the compromise system. On Tuesday (10/3/17), Yahoo announced it was 3 billion accounts,...

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Keep Track of Your Credit Score

By Joe Turk With everyone concerned about the recent Equifax Data breach, we recommend people remain vigilant and review their credit card, banking and financial transactions on-line very carefully. You can check Credit Karma for your credit scores and activity; however, the service is limited and updated from TransUnion and Equifax every 7 days. The top three credit monitoring services are LifeLock, IdentityForce and IdentityGuard–with LifeLock coming out on top in competitive...

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Protect Your Identity: How to Recover from a Data Breach

By Wiss Associate If you maintain a credit score, there is a high chance you are one of the 143 million Americans whose sensitive information was uncovered in the recent data breach at Equifax, one of the country’s three largest credit reporting agencies. This breach, which lasted from May to July, swiped people’s names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses, and in many cases, driver’s license numbers. What’s more, these cybercriminals accessed millions of people’s personal...

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The Maturing Cybersecurity Dangers in Commercial Real Estate

By Alexander J. Narcise and Robert Risk The real estate world has become increasingly exposed to cyber-attacks given the increase in the amount of multi-family properties that have been developed over the last few years. Developers who were never before in the multi-family market are now collecting personal data from thousands of individuals. Even commercial properties possess very private tenant financial information that could cause harm if penetrated, and regular insurance alone...

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Moving Your Business to the Cloud: Increase Flexibility, Savings and Security

By Jessica Manas By now you’ve heard about the cloud — that invisible vault that allows you to store data on the internet instead of keeping it on hardware devices. And you likely already use the cloud – whether you realize it or not. If you’ve ever scheduled a meeting on your laptop and it then popped up on your smartphone calendar, or if you’ve ever been relieved to find that your photos still exist after you’ve dropped your iPhone, you have the cloud to thank. Businesses can also...

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IRS Phone Frauds Echo into the New Year

Magnifying the communication scam nightmare As tax season prepares for launch, countless Americans are at climbing risk for falling victim to unsolicited telephone calls, texts, and emails from individuals falsely claiming to be Internal Revenue Service and Treasury workers. Though phone scams have progressively been ceaseless year-round, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is careful to stress this particular year as prey to the greatest attack ever beheld. Each...

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A Business Owner’s Duty to Protect Sensitive Company Data

By Paul Peterson, Managing Partner, Wiss & Co. LLP  No two companies are the same in culture, work environment or the vulnerabilities inherent in their digital landscape. This makes it very difficult to implement a standard way of protecting workers and customers from external data threats to their privacy and security. But nothing is more important to your company’s credibility and positive relationships with customers and employees than safeguarding their sensitive data. After...

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