From the Global Information Security Team

EDUCATE. MITIGATE. SECURE.

Mid March 2017

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Ken Allen, Senior Vice President of Identity and Fraud at Equifax, says your smartphone is now one of the safest ways to pay securely.

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Cyber-crooks are reportedly threatening to delete millions of iCloud accounts in April unless Apple pays a ransom. If it's a true story (and Apple says it is NOT), you can avoid trouble by simply changing your iCloud password now. ... Consumer Reports is about to add privacy and data security ratings to products it reviews, including smart TVs, refrigerators and toasters. ... INC. Magazine says scam smartphone calls often originate from these three area codes: 473, 441 and 784; all located in the Caribbean. Don't answer them. ... Google is about to begin phasing out those forms that require you to enter nonsense words or identify pictures in order to prove you're not a robot.

One last thing...
"To protect against computer viruses, don't open email attachments from senders you don't know. For further details, please refer to the attached document."

Many people mistakenly think that anonymity on the web is equal to privacy. It is not.

 

Don’t be lulled into thinking that email services and social media sites that allow using pseudonyms to create profiles, which may keep your identity anonymous, are also keeping your identity private. Most have signup procedures and logging from which they can determine your ISP (internet service provider) as well as your computer IP (internet protocol) address, and thereby perhaps even your real identity.

 

We all have a right to privacy. A basic definition of privacy is freedom from unauthorized intrusion. Whether we are purchasing goods using our credit card, or expressing unpopular opinions on a blog, or transmitting sensitive business information, we each have that right.

 

We all have a right to privacy.  Make sure you are doing all that you can to protect yours. Some suggested tips include: 


(1) Protect your computer and smartphone with strong, up-to-date security software

(2) Use strong passwords

(3) Be mindful of what you post on social media that could potentially be used to harm you – your whereabouts, your children’s or pet’s name, any personal details or data others should not know

(4) Learn to spot spam and internet scams; read thoroughly before you click

(5) Only use reputable websites when making online purchases

(6) Monitor your credit report

 

Information Security is our shared responsibility to our shareholders, our customers, and to each other. You are the key to our success and we are here to support you.


We EDUCATE. So you can MITIGATE. Which helps keep us all SECURE.

SVP, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Nashira W. Layade

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