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California Predicted to Lose $329M to Cybercrime in 2018

Cybercrime is expected to cost Californians big-time in 2018. Using publicly available data from the FBI and the Insurance Information Institute, researchers at Website Builder Expert have predicted individuals in the Golden State will lose $329 million over the course of this year.

Second place, New York, is expected to lose $139.4 million. Third place, Florida, is expected to lose $111.7 million to cybercriminals this year. These figures put California far ahead of all other states for cybercrime losses.

Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers affected by credit card security breach

OnePlus, the smartphone manufacturer behind a popular line of Android phones, has reported a credit card breach affecting up to 40,000 users at oneplus.net. Customers who entered their credit card data on the website between mid-November 2017 and January 11, 2018 could be at risk.

The announcement of the data breach followed numerous reports from customers over the weekend of January 13, 2018 related to fraudulent charges appearing on their accounts. The company immediately launched an investigation and learned one of its systems was attacked. A malicious script was injected into the payment page code to steal credit card information as it was being entered.

How to Have 'the Talk' with Your Parents

It’s time to have ‘the talk’ with your parents - the security talk, that is.

2017 was, undoubtedly, the worst year for cyberattacks of all time; and it’s safe to assume that cybersecurity will get brought up at family get-togethers throughout 2018. With half of the American population affected by Equifax's breach, security will be fresh on everyone’s minds.

Being the tech wiz that you are, your ‘family time’ likely doubles as a free visit from their favorite tech support - and this year will be no different. Uncle Joe will probably bring up the Uber breach coverup (and use it to comment about ‘kids these days’), and Grandma will likely ask you about her Yahoo account (that she’s still using).

Take this opportune moment to provide security tips to all of your family members. Explaining cybersecurity to relatives who grew up in an age without computers can be difficult, so be sure to explain it in a way they’ll understand.

10 Cybersecurity Resolutions for 2018

Let’s face it: 2017 was a rough year for cybersecurity.

Large-scale hacks were revealed one after another in the year that nothing seemed safe. These cyberattacks highlighted the alarming vulnerability of our personal information in a world where everything is stored online and subject to hacking.

Protecting your data while shopping online this holiday season.

It is that time of year once again -  the holiday season. With it comes family gatherings, celebrating traditions, and of course, holiday shopping. You’re likely to put together a game plan when it comes to budgeting, where and when to find the best deals, and what to get everyone on your list. But, if you are one of the estimated 59% of Americans that plans to do your shopping online, it’s important to put together a plan for protecting your data, and your money, this holiday shopping season.

Still confused after the Equifax breach? Answers to 5 common questions.

Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting companies, said last week that a major data breach exposed Social Security numbers and other important information of millions of people.

The breach affected about 143 million consumers in the United States, as well as some in Canada and the United Kingdom, but Equifax didn't provide a number. Hackers had access to the data between May and July. The company publicly announced the hack on September 7, 2017

Equifax has not done much to clear up public confusion surrounding the breach, affecting nearly half of Americans. Many are left with questions regarding how this happened, and what to do now. 

Here are the answers to 5 common questions:

U.S. Government more vulnerable to cyberattacks than your local McDonald’s

Data breaches and hacks of U.S. government networks, once novel and unheard of outside of spy movies, have become a common ‘breaking news’ story over the past few years. So it makes sense that a recently released report ranked U.S. state and federal governments at 16 out of 18 in a ranking of industries, ahead of only telecommunications and education.

What's in a boarding pass barcode? More than you might think.

Millions of people worldwide fly with a commercial airline every day. Less than two-thirds of those airline passengers utilize mobile boarding passes; meaning the majority of passengers still use printed boarding passes.

Many of those passengers end up leaving that boarding pass on the plane or discarding it at their destination. In the age of social media, posting a photo of your boarding pass is a great way to make all your friends jealous of your European vacation. In fact, a simple Instagram search of #boardingpass, returns over 91,000 results.

So what’s the big deal with posting or throwing away your boarding pass? Well, the information printed on airline boarding passes may jeopardize your privacy or even cause trip disruptions down the road.

How to Keep Smart Hackers out of your Smart Home

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, frustrated that you’ve been fumbling around for that darn toilet handle?  Have you ever been appalled that you had to actually use your own  hands to push down the toilet handle, instead of just saying, “Okay Google, flush the toilet.”  

Neither have we, but apparently someone has felt this way because there is a new wave of Smart Toilets hitting the market.

Cyber Theft - Pushing Back in 2017

In 2016, we saw Hillary’s emails exposed on Wikileaks, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) email leak, taxpayers affected when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was hacked, U.S. Department of Justice breach exposing 20,000 FBI employees, Verizon customer data exposed, San Francisco’s public railway system shutdown, and most recently Yahoo’s billion account hack.  The theft of Protected Health Information (PHI) continues to accelerate, with over 15 million patient records compromised in 2016. The FBI estimates that ransomware will be a 1-billion-dollar industry this year. Consumer identities are stolen hundreds of thousands of times, per day, and sold on the black market (The Dark Web) to the highest bidder. This disturbing trend continues to build with no signs of slowing down.