On September 7th Equifax had a major security breach that potentially compromised 143 million consumer’s personal information. The information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.
Written by Lynn Brown, original post on Shredit.com
The tremendous growth in internet connected smart devices is creating a whole new opportunity for hackers to take advantage of lacking smart device security, according to a new cyber threats report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the U.K.
Determining if your tenant screening provider has quality criminal and eviction data is essential if you want to maintain a standard when accepting applicants. With faulty or subpar data, you leave your community open to potential threats, which can include extensive damages, lawsuits, fines, and a loss in reputation. To discern if you need to shop for a new resident screening provider, check if your current provider is showing these 3 red flags.
Recently I applied for rental housing for the first time in several years. I just sold my home and planned to live in an area I’m much less familiar with, and using a realtor to help me learn about neighborhoods to trust or avoid was extremely useful. The property I applied for was owner managed, and the vacancy being filled using another agent. The initial application seemed pretty straight-forward, but while waiting for the approval I received an unsecured email that contained my credit report in PDF. This instantly set off a red flag to me as a renter, consumer and a professional that has spent nearly a decade working in credit reporting.
For onsite managers who have their office space within their home (like you), protecting confidential information is an ongoing struggle. This holiday season, as family members join you at your home to celebrate, take some precautions to protect your residents’ personal and confidential information. While it’s unlikely that a loved one will attempt to steal a renter’s identity, it’s important all the same to uphold high security measures (especially when sticky-fingered children are running around). In order to protect your residents’ information, here are 3 things you shouldn’t have lying around.
The holiday encourages people to secure their computers and their personal information.
Secure your computers, electronic devices and online passwords. Computers, electronic devices and smart phones have made our lives easier by making communication faster, more convenient and more efficient. At the same time they have created many privacy and security issues. The holiday reminds people to stay on top of their computer security and to take steps to make their personal information and data secure.
Identity theft and computer system hacking is on the rise and many Americans are unknowingly at risk. This threat to consumers comes in various forms, many of which you might not have given much thought. The holiday shopping season that just wrapped up routinely sees a spike in the number of identity theft occurrences and with the tax season just around the corner, consumers aren’t out of the woods when it comes to facing this debilitating crime.