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  • Scam Awareness Website

    Here is a good website that lays out some very common scams and how you can identify them.   http://scamawareness.org/

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  • Scams Targeting Bank Customers in 2017

    Here is a great resource that the FDIC released regarding scams targeting bank customers. The more you know about a scam, the less likely you will be taken by one.   https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnsum17/scams.html

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  • Android Design Concerns

    Here is something to consider if you own an Android smartphone. It might be worth checking to see which apps you have installed that access these two special privileges mentioned and consider whether you want to continue using them. You can find out all the details below.   https://www.grahamcluley.com/android-design-shortcomings-allow-for-cloak-and-dagger-series-of-attacks/

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  • Apple Updates

    Apple just released another round of updates for its very popular set of products. There are a number of fixes included in this update for iPhones especially. With WannaCry being top of mind this week, it is probably a good idea to get your devices updated sooner rather than later.   https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222  

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  • Wanna Cry Ransomware

    If your systems fall prey to this, or any other ransomware, they could certainly make you want to cry. The scary thing about this ransomware is that it took two elements and combined it into one lethal malware package. I am certain we will see many more worm based ransomware attacks in the future. Check on SBS Institute’s blog for information on how to protect yourself from this type of attack. https://sbscyber.com/blog/wannacry-stop-what-youre-doing-and-patch-your-computers/  

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  • Business Email Compromise

    Whether or not you have heard of Business Email Compromise (BEC) previously, is of little concern. You should familiarize yourself with this concept as it is a huge scam that is costing businesses billions of dollars. I would encourage you to become educated on BEC and learn ways you can protect your business and yourself personally from this type of fraud. Reading the FBI’s alert about it below is a good place to start. https://www.ic3.gov/media/2017/170504.aspx

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  • Health Record Compromise

    This breach seems to have flown under the radar. My fear is that it could lead to calls from your "healthcare provider" either for information gathering or fraudulent demands for payment. Stay vigilant and read more at Krebbs security blog. https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/05/website-flaw-let-true-health-diagnostics-users-view-all-medical-records/  

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  • Mac and Handbrake Users BEWARE

    If you are a Mac user, here is another malware aimed at you. If you do not use an anti-virus program on your Mac, it is probably time to find one. Read more below about the infection of a very propular piece of software many Mac users use.   https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/05/08/malware-warning-mac-users-handbrake-mirror-download-server-hacked/

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  • Email Security Reminder

    The article below is a great reminder to be very careful when dealing with financial matters via email. Liberty Bank always recommends that customers send emails through our secure email system, especially if they contain any sensitive information. https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/blind-trust-in-email-could-cost-you-your-home/

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  • Hotel Chain Breach

    If you have stayed at any IHG hotels recently, you might want to look at your statements and watch for fraud. Their "small" breach early on has grown to be almost 1,200 hotel locations.   You can read more about it below.   https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/intercontinental-hotel-chain-breach-expands/

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  • Microsoft Office

    There is a new threat currently making its way around, and it is being spread via Microsoft Office documents. There is a patch available from Microsoft. As a good practice, if you receive an Office document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), BEFORE you open the document, ensure that you    a) know the sender b) were expecting that document.    If you cannot answer affirmatively to both of these questions, contact the sender and verify that they indeed sent the file.   If you want to read more regarding this, check out the link below. https://h...

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  • On Guard Online

    Here is a good website with tips for staying safe online. On Guard Online

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  • iOS App Security

    As if there is not enough to concern ourselves with, it seems a security researcher has reviewed and found a number of iOS apps lacking basic security. Here is a link to an explanation of the issue along with the direct source of the findings.   https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/76-popular-iphone-apps-found-wide-open-to-data-interception-attacks-17656.html

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  • Ransomware

    Ransomware has been popping its ugly head around in many forms lately. Whether it is accusing you of accessing inappropriate websites or encrypting files, it is a dangerous form of malware and careful planning is needed to help ensure recovery. Here are a few select articles regarding this fast growing threat. Please take a moment to learn more about it. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx   https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/cyber-security/22-ransomware-prevention-tips/

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  • Securing the Human

    Here is a great site on cyber security that focuses on the human element.   Securing the Human

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  • Secure Email FAQ

    When sending sensitive information to us, we ask that you always do so in a secure manner. The website link below will give you access to our secure email solution. You can login and send us email, receive and reply to email we have sent from this location. If you have not registered, you can do so at the same webpage. For help registering, see the Secure Email Help Guide.   Send and Receive Secure Email

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  • Taking Action

    You just received a call that your bank, a business associate or your friend is asking you about an email you sent them recently. You KNOW you did not send it, but possibly you cannot access your email to find out. Or maybe you see a reply to a message in your inbox that you did not send. What steps do you take to try to find out what is going on and get the problem resolved? Below are a few suggested steps. NOTE:This list is not inclusive of everything you can do, it only lists a few practical steps. Call your bank(s) – Let your banker know that you suspect you ...

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  • Security 101

    What is Fraud "Phishing", "smishing" and "vishing" are types of criminal activity that use fraudulent techniques to obtain sensitive personal information (such as passwords, account numbers, PINs, Social Security numbers and other account information). Criminals use communication channels, like an e-mail, SMS texts and voice calls to trick you into giving them your account information. You should never respond or reply to an e-mail, phone call or text message that: Requires you to supply personal or account information directly into the e-mail, text message or websi...

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