Security Articles

Virtual Conferencing Safely and Securely

What is Virtual Conferencing?  With so many of us now working from home, you are most likely finding yourself remotely connecting with your co-workers using virtual conferencing solutions like Zoom, Slack, or Microsoft Teams. Your family members – perhaps even your children – may also be using these same technologies to connect with friends or […]

Securing Your Mobile Devices

Overview  Mobile devices are an amazing and easy way to communicate with friends, shop or bank online, watch movies, play games, and perform a myriad of other activities. Since these devices are such an important part of your life, it is essential to keep you and your devices safe and secure. Securing Your Devices It […]

Ransomware

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that is designed to hold your files or computer hostage, demanding payment for you to regain access. Ransomware has become very common because it is so profitable for criminals. Like most malware, ransomware starts by infecting your computer, most often when you open an […]

I’m Hacked. Now What?

Have I Been Hacked?  No matter how secure you are, sooner or later you may have an accident and become hacked. Below are clues you might have been hacked and if so, what to do. Your Online Accounts Family or friends say they are receiving unusual messages or invites from you that you know you […]

Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

Unfortunately, when events such as the current Pandemic dominate the news, cyber-criminals also take notice. In times like these, you should be on high alert for increased Social Engineering Attacks. The article below comes directly from the Department of Homeland Security CISA Team. What is a social engineering attack? In a social engineering attack, an […]

ABA and America’s Banks Launch #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-Phishing Campaign

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. The Federal Trade Commission’s 2019 report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $1.48 billion to phishing scams in 2018. The problem has only grown worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, given the increased […]

Imposter Scams

A scammer pretends to be someone you trust — a government agency like the Social Security Administration or the IRS, a family member, a love interest, or someone claiming there’s a problem with your computer. The scammer can even have a fake name or number show up on your caller ID to convince you. Below […]

Unemployment Fraud – Tips to Protect Yourself

Now, more than ever, incidents of fraud are happening daily, and scammers are coming up with new schemes to prey upon the others for financial gain. Currently, there is fraud specifically targeting unemployment assistance due to the COVID-19 health crisis. There have been many reports of Massachusetts residents receiving letters in the mail from The […]

How to Protect Yourself, Loved Ones from Elder Abuse

You, or someone you know, could become the victim of a growing crime in America — financial abuse of older Americans. Seniors are increasingly becoming targets for financial abuse. As people over 50 years old control over 70 percent of the nation’s wealth, fraudsters are using new tactics to take advantage of retiring baby boomers […]