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Were You Impacted by the Equifax Breach?
Cyber Security

Since the Equifax breach was massive, I wanted to share the latest information with you.

If you have spent time or money since September 2017 dealing with the breach, you can request reimbursement for up to 20 hours of time spent reclaiming your identity.  The hourly rate for reimbursement is $25.

If you incurred extra accounting fees, you may ask for up to $20,000 in restitution.

Of course, you will need to document damages and time invested in resolving this issue.

The other options involve credit monitoring.  One choice is to a reimbursement of up to $125 per person.  (Beware the actual amount could be much less).   The second is to ask for 10 years of free monitoring.  Since these breaches seem to be getting worse rather than better, you may want to consider the long-term credit monitoring option.

See this article link for complete details and contact information.

Barb Culver

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Protection in a Digital Age
Cyber Security

As we are constantly concerned about keeping your data secure, a recent article in Fortune magazine titled “The Idiot Box Gets a Little Too Smart” written by Ashwin Rodrigues (August 2019) reminds us that smart TV’s are “essentially a big computer.”  Just like any other computer in our homes, this one collects data to allow providers to make more money.  Our television viewing habits are used to build a consumer profile on us which is used by advertisers, insurance companies and others.

This also means that the TV’s are vulnerable to hackers.  Samsung, for example, encourages that its customers scan their TV’s for malware!

Home security systems can also fall prey to hackers.  This Article may be of interest, as it provides some tips to, ironically, protect your home security system.

Voice-controlled devices such as Echo, Alexa and Nest are also a potential target for hackers.  See this Article relating to hackers exploiting home devices.

Sadly, our privacy and security are becoming increasingly vulnerable to hackers and cyber criminals.  Please be ever vigilant to reduce cyber threats when using your computers… and also with your mobile devices, smart phones and TV’s!

Barb Culver

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