9 Important Ways to Protect Smart Devices From Hackers

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.

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Avoid a $1,000 Fine when Screening Applicants

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.

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CIC Partners with Identity Guard®, an Industry-Leading Identity Theft Protection & Recovery Service Company

CIC, the nation’s most trusted tenant screening provider, now offers Identity Guard®, a leading identity theft protection and credit monitoring service. For nearly three decades, CIC has proudly led the tenant screening industry in data security and wants to offer their customers an opportunity to sign up for Identity Guard. Identity Guard offers added security measures to monitor credit activity and public records, help protect personally identifiable information (PII) and help identity theft victims recover. 

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Exercise Caution with Internet Explorer and your Emails

Microsoft announced over the weekend a vulnerability in the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) application that affects all versions from IE 6 to IE 11. This is how it works: Hackers set up a website that installs malware when you visit it. If you’re duped into visiting the website while using the Internet Explorer program, malware seeps into your computer and gives a stranger total control. You might not even notice.

Property Managers

CIC’s Online Systems Not Vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug

CIC’s online systems (Securecontinfo.com, RentProtect and ApplyConnect) are not, and were not, affected by Heartbleed.

For the Ready2Apply Online Rental Application System, we took immediate action to ensure our servers and network appliances were patched and not vulnerable.

The security of your data and your applicants’ personal information is our top priority. CIC is actively involved with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. Their Data Breach Subcommittee released this helpful article:

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