Category Know Your Scam

Keeping the Bad Guys Away from Your Payment Processing

Small business is big business for scammers and fraud. Small businesses are more likely to suffer a data breach than a medium to large business. How do you protect your business and your customers’ payment information during a transaction? Choose a secure and supportive payment gateway for your system. At the top level, be sure […]

Hackers Embrace Spear Phishing and Your Business is the Fish

Spear phishing: a new term where a hacker at his computer replaces the bad guy in a wetsuit and spear gun in a 007 movie. Hackers and their ransomware aim at small and medium businesses because it pays handsomely and often. Ransomware expands as a significant threat this year. Even if you back up data […]

How To Defend Your Cookie Jar from Thieving Hands

A friend of mine works for a small business which contracted with another small company to handle the bookkeeping.  The bookkeeping service embezzled money and fled, leaving my friend to pick up the pieces for her employer. A painful experience for both her and her employer. A 2016 insurance survey indicated 80% of embezzlement cases […]

One Way to Solve the Data Compliance Puzzle

SOX, FINRA, FERPA, HIPAA, and PCI DSS can be as indecipherable as they sound. They’re tricky to deal with if you’re a small to medium business.  Keeping track of the myriad regulations can be a full-time job for one person. All these acronyms revolve around data security compliance regulations. They differ from industry to industry […]

Surviving a Breach by Forging a Path

In a previous blog, How to Keep Out the Bandit, https://goo.gl/fKu3Am, we discussed how small and medium businesses attract hackers, too.  Studies show over 50% of attacks aim for companies with less than 100 employees. That’s a scary thought for a small to medium business. Hacks send your public relations into a downward spiral and […]

Cyber Security Runs with You

Your sales call completed, you have a few minutes to spare.  You remember that account transfer you needed to make today and recall you left your laptop at the office. As you check your phone, you make a note to consider mobile banking. Is it safe? How secure can a device you hold in your […]

Verizon Account PINs Compromised for 6 Million Subscribers

A Verizon partner reportedly recently exposed records of 14 million subscriber calls. The records included customer names, phone numbers, and account PINs for about 6 million subscribers. An unsecured server used to store the records was compromised, leaving the information accessible to anyone with the server’s address. Customers who made calls to Verizon customer service […]