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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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Stop giving out answers on Facebook

People love to share information about themselves in person and online. Sometimes they give out way too much information. Here is a scenario. You are on Facebook and see that Hot Rod Magazines Facebook page has a 1969 Ford Mustang, Camaro, or Chevelle picture. In the caption, it states: “They don’t make cars like they used to.” Like this page and comment your first car for a chance to win a free detail package. Everyone could use a free car

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Data Breach: Panera Bread

If you have signed up for an online account through Paneras website, panerabread.com, you may be one of the millions of people that had their records released. The records could contain names, email & physical addresses, brithday’s and the last four digits of your credit card number. More information can be found here.

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Data Breach: My Fitness Pal

A popular fitness app supported by Under Armour is one of the latest breaches. MyFitnessPal tracks user movements and can also store food consumption. This breach consists of roughly 150 Million users. Under Armour also reports that the affected information includes usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords. Every user will eventually be forced to change their password, but it is suggested that the user changes it immediately.

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