**Note: The government shutdown came to an end on January 28, 2019 after 35 days. Delays are still expected as agencies work through more than a month of backlog.
The U.S. government shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, is now the longest on record and is impacting more than 800,000 federal workers as of the time of this writing. Although the impact is clear for those government employees directly in the crosshairs, the full effect is yet to be realized for U.S. consumers.
Here are two federal agencies whose lack of funding could prove to endanger citizens’ defenses against identity crimes and fraud. Continue reading
In our interconnected world, the same security vulnerabilities exist across both desktop and mobile devices. As a result, this essentially doubles the number of endpoints that hackers, cybercriminals, and identity thieves can target. For enterprises, especially with the consumerization of IT through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), this has fueled an enormous challenge for organizations everywhere.
The Equifax Mega Breach | You’re Still Not Safe
It’s been a year since the Equifax data breach – one that affected nearly 148 million U.S. consumers in 2017. But even a year’s time doesn’t make the severity and sheer magnitude of this breach any better.
Aside from numbers, the highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) exposed by Equifax only heightened nationwide concern. Names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers were among the millions of data points compromised.
While speaking last week with Al Pascual, SVP and Head of Fraud & Security at Javelin Strategy & Research, in a joint briefing with Steve Bearak, IdentityForce’s CEO, the words “big news” kept circulating throughout the discussion. And I couldn’t be more excited to officially share today’s BIG news, along with my thoughts on what EZShield’s acquisition of IdentityForce means for our customers, partners, and our most valued asset — our employees. Continue reading
In this technology-first world, it’s crucial that your Identity Protection services are both secure and easily accessible. Since 2013, the number of victims affected by identity crimes have more than doubled. This equates to one victim every second, making accessible identity protection services even more important. Continue reading
Trust (n.): a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
It’s a familiar concept that’s often underestimated. Trust is a catalyst for change and the foundation for strong relationships. It guides us in our daily lives, but most importantly, it dictates who we ask for help. Continue reading
The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts Honors EZShield with Eight Communicator Awards.
EZShield secures top spots in the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards for our password manager, mobile app and new-user email activation series. Continue reading
The Pew Research Center reports 64 percent of Americans have been victims of at least one data breach.
A data breach occurs when personal or financial information is unlawfully viewed, stolen or used. Exposure can stem from malicious sources, like hacking and theft, or can be seemingly innocent in nature, such as an employee improperly disposing of sensitive files. Continue reading
How do you begin your search for the right business partner, and what do you use to evaluate whether or not the prospect will meet your needs?
This isn’t as difficult of a task as it may seem. Just find out what your prospective partners are made of. They should be transparent enough that you can do that with ease. Continue reading
In the first six months of 2016, the number of U.S. data breaches soared to over 630 — a rate that puts breaches on pace to overtake last year’s count. Data breaches alone in 2015 resulted in over 169 million stolen records. This impact leads to rampant fraud and identity theft and leaves millions of consumers in dire need of help. That’s where the right identity protection provider comes into play.
An identity protection provider shouldn’t just offer a speedy solution, but one that fits the particular needs of victims. The ever growing problem of information exposure calls for services that deliver a comprehensive approach to resolve identity crime threats.
To help organizations determine how to meet those demands, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and its Identity Theft Service Best Practices Working Group have developed a valuable checklist that helps organizations uncover issues that could stem from a data breach incident. Following these guidelines can help maintain best practices and assist you in choosing the best identity protection provider for your specific needs.
Ready to discover the best identity protection provider so that you can secure the data of your consumer and small business customers? Read the CFA press release “Rising Number of Data Breaches Increases Threat of Identity Fraud” for critical identity protection insight.
CFA 2016 Checklist
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