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Cybersecurity news you can use

from the Richland County Cybersecurity Team

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Sources: PBS,, Packet Labs

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Check out this 90-second video with steps you can take to prevent cybercrime on the job. 

Ever wonder about the value of your personal information on the black market? It's significant. The truth is, you are the target.

Here are the latest figures about the value of your data.

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Overall, the size of cybercrime worldwide this year is $6 trillion dollars.


In nearly nine out of 10 cases when cybercrooks target organizations, they send fake emails that convince the recipient to share their username and password, giving crooks access to an organization's confidential information.

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Guess jeans says hackers made off with “certain” customer names, social security and driver’s license numbers, credit and debit card numbers, and PIN numbers earlier this year. BleepingComputer says Guess is notifying those affected by mail.


Privacy protections built into Apple’s latest software are causing havoc for some online retailers. When given the choice, most of us are choosing to block companies from tracking what we do online. As a result, Facebook says retailers that advertise in its news feeds have seen sales drop as much as 80%. 


Online shopping continues to soar. Deloitte predicts online holiday sales this season will reach $210 billion, up 15% from last year. Amazon and Wal-Mart are the #1 and #2 online retailers. Fastest growing, says eMarketer, are Target and Wayfair. Macy’s fell from the top 10 list this year.

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Thanks for checking out our cybersecurity newsletter!

The Richland County Cybersecurity Team

is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe online.

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Do I need to give my birthday when I set up my Google account?

Websites ask for your birthday to prove you're at least 13 years old (the age at which websites can legally collect information about a person), to provide a way to prove who you are if you forget your password, and to sell you age-appropriate stuff. You're not supposed to provide false information. But this is a case where you should consider doing it. Lifehacker suggests using an easy-to-remember birth date like January 1 to help prevent identity theft. 

I change my bank password regularly, but I am using the same debit card PIN I made with the card a decade ago. Should bank PINs be changed regularly too?

You generally only need to change your PIN if it was compromised or suspected of being compromised.


If using your debit card for online transactions, you should never have to provide your PIN. A PIN for a credit card is typically used for cash advances at an ATM.


Should fraud occur, the card associated with that PIN will be deactivated immediately and a new card will be issued. If you have repeated fraud with your debit/PIN, it's a good idea to come up with a new PIN because your account is probably compromised beyond the initial card fraud.

Can I use the page that says “do you want to remember your password?"

It's safe, but if you use more than one brand of web browser or computer, it can get unwieldy. A better solution may be to purchase and install a password manager app. Then, choosing your passwords and managing them will be handled automatically.

Do you have a question about cybersecurity?

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Aware Force Cybersecurity News • October 2021 a • Edition #129

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