4 Ways to Protect Yourself After a Retail Data Breach

source: http://www.komando.com/happening-now/257524/p-f-changs-investigating-data-breach-stolen-credit-card-numbers

A new e-mail pops up in your inbox. It’s from your favorite store! But this time it’s not a coupon or a special sale. It’s an alert that their systems protecting customer information were breached. And your information, along with that of thousands of others, was probably compromised. Your credit card numbers. E-mail address. Billing address. In a flash, you turn from a happy customer to a wary shopper.

Though there is little you can do to control what happens to other companies, there are some simple steps you can take to protecting yourself in these cases:

1. Monitor your bank account
Keep an eye out for unauthorized purchases, big and small. As another general rule, you should periodically check your credit report to monitor any fluctuations in your score.

2. Order a new debit card
If a breach is big enough, it is much better to cancel your debit/credit card, than wait to see if unauthorized charges to show up on your statement.

3. Set up fraud alerts
Most online banking sites have settings to send you alerts for suspicious activity. Setting up e-mail and phone alerts can keep you a step ahead of fraudulent charges, big and small.

4. Change passwords to online accounts
Did you recently place an order from the company’s website? In the event of a breach, always take control of your account and change your password. If you have any other web accounts that use the same username and/or password as the compromised account, update those passwords as well.

Remember, using the same password for multiple accounts is like giving hackers an all-access pass to your assets. Use LionLock’s password generator to give your accounts unique passwords. Then store them in the encrypted vaults to keep them safe.

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LionLock not effected by Heartbleed bug

Photo credit to Lifehacker.com

Photo credit to Lifehacker.com

Recently, a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” that affects the common OpenSSL software was discovered. After review, LionLock has determined that none of its products or services offered to customers are affected.

Our software is built on top of Microsoft operating systems, which uses different SSL software than OpenSSL.

While our product is not affected, it is estimated that over 60% of the web uses OpenSSL, so a good portion of the web may be vulnerable. We strongly encourage customers to try and avoid connecting to vulnerable sites until the service notifies you of a fix to the problem.

For more information on the Heartbleed Security bug means for you and what you can do about it, check out this article on Lifehacker.com.

Why are passwords so important anyway?

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Why are passwords so important anyway? For your online accounts, the only door protecting Joe Schmoe from getting to your private information is your username & password. Usernames identify who you are. Passwords validate your identity.

In some cases, it may seem like passwords are totally unnecessary (say for coupon sites or downloading free pictures…come on, seriously?)! But this security is very important for online accounts that store private and controlled information (like your company’s social media profiles, e-mails, files in DropBox, online payments, website hosting, etc.). And what is the only thing ensuring the control and confidentiality of this information? Your password.

With this in mind, here are 10 questions to ask your team right now.

  1. Are any of your passwords written down on paper?
  2. Does every account have a unique password?
  3. Do you keep passwords saved in your browser?
  4. Do you change all of your passwords regularly?
  5. Are passwords ever known by more than one individual at a time?
  6. Which passwords do you need to have memorized?
  7. Do you use strong, randomly generated, passwords?
  8. Do you use the same passwords between work and home?
  9. Are you using your personal e-mail address for any work accounts?
  10. Do you store passwords in a secure encrypted location?

LionLock will not only store your passwords, but help generate complex and unique passwords for all of your accounts. By using our secure and encrypted vaults, you can ensure that your team’s passwords are protected and there for you anytime you need them!

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5 Solid Online Safety Tips for the Business Traveler

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For the travelling entrepreneur, there are times when you just cannot afford to unplug. Sometimes we just have to squeeze in that last e-mail and check back in to our social media accounts to make sure our pre-scheduled posts have gone live! So whether with family or for business, make sure you’re exercising these tips to stay secure this travelling season.

1. Use public Wi-Fi with caution

Using public Wi-Fi is a lot like swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is vast, there are tons of other creatures, and there are sharks lurking in places that you cannot see! Think about how many people have accessed your local Starbucks or Airport Wi-Fi network today alone!

“It takes zero hacking skills to surreptitiously monitor and/or hijack communications over a public Wi-Fi network. Widely available freeware makes eavesdropping on emails and web browsing as simple as pressing a button.” (Source: Forbes)

Just remember, each time you use public Wi-Fi, you must do so with the premise that everything you do is visible to others connected to the network.

2. Use Two-Factor Authentication

Using Two-Factor authentication extends the log-in process, but it adds an extra layer of protection to your accounts. Adding an extra factor makes it much harder for unauthorized users to access your accounts.

Facebook, for example, has a two-factor authentication setting to link your account with your mobile device. This can be enabled so that anytime you try to log-in to your Facebook, you must also enter a unique pin code that they send to your mobile phone via text message.

3. Avoid over-sharing on social media

Birth dates on Facebook. Occupation on LinkedIn. Location check-ins on FourSquare. With social media embedded in our lives, all of this information is not only available. It is easily accessible. Though it can be exciting to share your Spring breaks and work vacations, think twice about the information you reveal to publicly. If you must share that picture of the beautiful sunset or snow-capped mountain, be sure to keep your privacy settings as high as possible.

4. Use common sense

Protecting your belongings and privacy is not a product you can simply purchase. It’s a practice.

  • Lock all of your devices when they are not in use.
  • Take advantage of the hotel safe to store your belongings.
  • Tone down your volume when discussing business or personal matters over the phone.
  • Place a name tag on your luggage, laptop, and any important valuables so that they can be returned to you, should they be lost or stolen.

5. Check credit score and bank statements

Staying up to date with your bank statements will help you identify any unauthorized purchases and suspicious activity. For those that travel often, paying extra attention to your statements and credit score is vital, as you are more likely to make sporadic purchases.

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