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Alex Muzambi commented on Robert Siciliano's blog post 'Background Checks Don't Tell the Whole Story'
"Certainly true. In fact in some jurisdictions you don’t get commercial background checks companies all is done through the police. In some instances fingerprints are not taken or are misfiled and as a result a habitual criminal may go…"
Sep 15
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Background Checks Don't Tell the Whole Story

When it comes to background checks, the National Crime Information Center is the gold standard. It is only available to law enforcement agencies and is the most accurate and complete database tracking convictions and arrests in the US. That sounds pretty great, right? Unfortunately, it’s not all as it seems.The Department of JusticeThe Department of Justice recently released a report based on a two-year study of convictions and arrests from 2016. The report shows that a very low percentage of…See More
Sep 14
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

A "Credit Profile Number" is a fake SSN, and it Works

Cyber criminals are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of the good guys, and there is now another scam out there that you should know about: synthetic identity theft. Basically, the criminals take information from someone, and then make up the rest. They also often use fake Social Security numbers, called CPNs, or “credit profile numbers,” or names.This type of identity theft shows us that our credit system is more vulnerable than we might think. Basically, it is easy to create a credit…See More
Sep 12
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

2017 Was the Worst year for Data Breaches EVER!

It seems like 2017 broke records for all the wrong reasons…one of them being the worst year for data breaches in history.According to reports, hacking was the most common way to collect this data, but almost 70% of exposures occurred due to accidental leaks or human error. This came down to more than 5 billion records. There were several well-known…See More
Sep 7
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

15 Year Old's Naked Photos Spread Like Wild Fire

You have probably heard the story before. Teenage girl takes some scantily clad photos and sends them to her latest boyfriend. “What could go wrong?,” she thinks. Well, a lot could go wrong, and an article on Vice.com really lays that out. You might think that the boyfriend is to blame for this 15-year old’s photos spreading like wildfire, but the truth is this: he deleted them soon…See More
Sep 5
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk? Here’s How to Find Out!

Even if you have the best security on your computer network, you might have noticed that you still seem to get hacked…or worse. Ask Equifax. Why is this happening? It’s probably because a member of your staff has made it easy for cyber criminals to get inside. It’s really important that you find out who this person is, and keep in mind…it might be more than just one. And it may not even involve security technology.Part of the problem here, is that employees who “open the door” for these…See More
May 18
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

10 Internet Security Myths that Small Businesses Should Be Aware Of

Most small businesses don’t put as much focus on internet security as they probably should. If you are a small business owner or manager, not focusing on internet security could put you in a bad spot. Are you believing the myths about internet security or are you already using best practices? Here’s a few of the most common myths…take a look to see where you truly stand:Myth – All You Need is a Good Antivirus ProgramDo you have a good antivirus program on your small business network? Do you…See More
May 11
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Freezing Your Child's Credit: What You Need to Know

You might not think about this, but identity thieves really want your child’s Social Security number. If they get this number, they can do a lot, including buying a car, renting an apartment, opening a credit card account, or getting a mortgage. The Social Security numbers of children are great for the bad guys for several reasons:Generally, children have a clean recordCrooks can use these numbers to obtain creditKids usually don’t check out their credit reports until they go to college or buy…See More
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May 2
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

Mobile Phone Numbers Are as Sensitive as Your Social Security Number

All of us have cell phones these days, and if you are like the vast majority of the population, you access everything from social media to banking information right from your mobile phone. However, if you do this, which everyone does, you are putting yourself in the position to get hacked. With only your mobile phone number and a couple other pieces of information, a hacker can get into these accounts and your life could drastically change.How does this work? If a hacker already has your mobile…See More
Apr 19
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

The Term "Identity Theft Protection" is Often a Lie

If you are working for an IT security company, I have a message for you: the term “identity theft protection” is way overused and even abused as a marketing term. We know that this term is used to sell services and products, but does it really protect a user from being the victim of identity theft? No.This is no different than labeling a food as “natural,” even though it is not actually “organic.” At best, this is incorrect information. At worst, it’s a total lie.Every company with security…See More
Apr 5
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

Use a Password Manager Or You WILL Get Hacked

Do you ever use the same password over and over again for different accounts? If so, you are not alone. However, this is quite dangerous. It’s best to use a different, unique password for each account, and to make it easier, you should use a password manager.According to surveys, people understand that they should use unique passwords, and more than half of people get stressed out due to passwords. Furthermore, about 2/3rds of people said that they had forgotten a password or that a password…See More
Mar 19
Robert Siciliano posted a blog post

Protecting Yourself from a Data Breach requires Two Step Authentication

Have you ever thought about how a data breach could affect you personally? What about your business? Either way, it can be devastating. Fortunately, there are ways that you can protect your personal or business data, and it’s easier than you think. Don’t assume that protecting yourself is impossible just because big corporations get hit with data breaches all of the time. There are things you can do to get protected.All of your important accounts should use two-factor authentication. This helps…See More
Mar 8
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Mar 7
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14 Social Media Disasters Ready to Strike

There are many ways that you or a small business could get caught up in a social media disaster. Can you think of any off the top of your head? If you are like most of us, probably not. Here are 14 ways that you could be in danger:A Terrible Online Reputation – Do you keep a watchful eye on you or your business’ Facebook page? Are people posting to it? Are your staff? Even things that seem good-natured at first can be taken the wrong way by friends or potential customers.Racy Images or Text –…See More
Mar 1

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Robert Siciliano's Blog

Background Checks Don't Tell the Whole Story

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 5:29pm 1 Comment

When it comes to background checks, the National Crime Information Center is the gold standard. It is only available to law enforcement agencies and is the most accurate and complete database tracking convictions and arrests in the US. That sounds pretty great, right? Unfortunately, it’s not all as it seems.

The Department of Justice

The Department of Justice recently released a report based on a two-year study of convictions and arrests from…

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A "Credit Profile Number" is a fake SSN, and it Works

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 5:22pm 0 Comments

Cyber criminals are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of the good guys, and there is now another scam out there that you should know about: synthetic identity theft. Basically, the criminals take information from someone, and then make up the rest. They also often use fake Social Security numbers, called CPNs, or “credit profile numbers,” or names.

This type of identity theft shows us that our credit system is more vulnerable than we might think. Basically, it…

Continue

2017 Was the Worst year for Data Breaches EVER!

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 4:06pm 0 Comments

It seems like 2017 broke records for all the wrong reasons…one of them being the worst year for data breaches in history.

According to reports, hacking was the most common way to collect this data, but almost 70% of exposures occurred due to accidental leaks or human error. This came down to more than…

Continue

15 Year Old's Naked Photos Spread Like Wild Fire

Posted on September 5, 2018 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

You have probably heard the story before. Teenage girl takes some scantily clad photos and sends them to her latest boyfriend. “What could go wrong?,” she thinks. Well, a lot could go wrong, and an article on Vice.com really lays that out. You might think that the boyfriend is to blame for this 15-year old’s photos spreading like wildfire, but the truth is this: he deleted them…

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