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Has your email address been compromised?

You can check to see if your email address has been compromised by some of the data breaches. Simply go to haveibeenpwned.com and enter your email address. Once you enter your questioned email, you will either get good news that it hasn’t been part of any breaches…yet, or it will let you know what breach your information was a part of. In the event your email was a part of the data that was breached, it doesn’t mean the bad

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Information Leak: LifeLock

It seems a flaw within LifeLock’s website may have exposed all of the emails of their subscribers. While the exposure of email without any other information like passwords or personal information seems harmless in itself, it now brings the substantial threat of spear phishing attacks. “If I were a bad guy, I would definitely target your customers with a phishing attack because I know two things about them,” Reese said. “That they’re a LifeLock customer and that I have those

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Email SpearPhishing/Extortion

We have noticed a new phishing scam come through. However, this scam involves a portion of the user’s credentials (username and/or password). Below is an example of the text in the body of the email. The email address and known password have been redacted. “Lets get directly to point. Not one person has compensated me to check about you. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this e-mail? actually, I actually placed

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Notification Law

The new South Dakota Breach Notification Law was enacted on July 1, 2018. While the organizations throughout the state are learning more about the rules, wording, & procedures as the days go by, a North Carolina federal court decision has made a ruling that could impact the rest of the nation.  “According to a recent federal court decision, an employee who is tricked into sharing personal information in response to a phishing email can be seen as committing an intentional disclosure under

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Do you own an Amazon Fire TV or Stick?

There are a TON of apps/programs that offer some sort of “free” content that we download on our computer and phones. With that “free” content, you may be getting more than you initially thought. You may also be downloading viruses & malware. Amazon Fire TV & Fire Stick are now also at risk of downloading content that could infect other Android decics that are connected as well. If you are using the Fire TV & Stick, in accordance with the

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BREACH: MyHeritage

MyHeritage, a genealogy & DNA testing company, disclosed that they have leaked 92 million users email addresses and their hashed passwords. While they don’t have the users actual password since it’s hashed, they have the chance to try to “crack the code” and reveal the true passwords. This sets up an opportunity for the bad guys to create a phishing scheme and send a malicious email to 92 million users trying to have them “update” their information, or try to

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Mobile Security

We tend to place a lot of emphasis in securing our place of employment by monitoring workstations & servers. As each day goes by, we are relying more and more on our mobile devices due to continuous connectivity & ease. We need to spend some time making sure our mobile devices are secure as well. Here are a few tips: Only install apps from a trusted source Avoid transmitting or storing personal information on the device Lock your device with

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TWITTER

Recently, Twitter asked all 300+ million users to reset their passwords. The reason for this is because they found a bug that was storing the passwords in plain text rather than through the encryption protocols. If you do have Twitter, I strongly urge you to go change your password now. Full article here.

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Card skimmer found in Sioux Falls

On Friday, one of the gas stations in Sioux Falls found a card skimmer on one of their pumps. If you have used this station recently, please keep an eye on your credit card statements and contact your bank if any suspicious activity is happening. It is another friendly reminder when using your credit card to keep vigilant. We are no longer “safe” from this type of card skimming because we live in South Dakota. Story here: http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Sioux-Falls-gas-station-employee-finds-skimmer-inside-pump-481078341.html

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Passwords Vs. Passphrase

When making a password, we have all seen this wording, “Your password must be at least 6 characters long including upper case, lower case, special character, & number.” Our minds go to a common word that we can somewhat alter to suffice the requirements… walleye…Walleye…W@lleye…W@11eye. We were trained this way. I would suggest a passphrase next time you create a password. I love 2 fish! It is simple, easy to remember, and harder to crack.

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