Does your company follow practices that can lead to data loss? View our slideshow to learn the surprising main causes of data breaches and read our expert tips to protect your company’s data.
By Ondrej Krehel,
Thanks to modern technology, it’s getting easier to access precious data on databases. The loss of consumer information in high-profile data breaches underscores the need for safe practices.
I’ve identified some common unsafe practices that have led to a number of such data loss incidents. Take a look at these 15 major security flaws:
The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel report lists the received by the agency in 2011. For the 12th year in a row, identity theft complaints remained the number one gripe for consumers.
Opening my e-mail reminds me of walking through the bazaar of a third world open air market—. In the last 30 days I have received spam purporting to be from the Better Business Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, the United States post office, the FBI, and most recently (this morning) even one from the AICPA—the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a group of which I am not a member. The subject line was “Termination of your Accountant Status” and the body of the email explained to me that my status as a CPA was about to be terminated as a result of my participation in the filing of a fraudulent tax return. I was directed to take immediate action by clicking on the link called “complaint.” An eternal cynic and professionally paranoid, I did some research and determined that the logo of the AICPA was correct, as were the return addresses and phone numbers listed in the email.
The Obama administration unveiled a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” at a White House event Thursday morning, making the case that values such as transparency, security and accuracy should guide companies as they collect and use data about consumers.
The announcement is one more step in a years-long effort by the administration to create a simple and clear way for consumers to decide whether and how they want their online activities to be tracked. The effort includes major industry players like Google and Facebook, consumer advocates and technology researchers, who are trying to build a framework of rules and regulation that would protect consumers’ privacy without squelching the growth of new technologies.
Identity Theft 911 has received awards for excellence in sales and customer service, financial literacy education, and corporate social responsibility.
The 2012 International Stevie® Award for Sales and Customer Service spotlighted our ongoing dedication and passion to servicing our customers. Receiving this award is a testament to our commitment to partnering with our clients to provide high-quality service, support, and solutions for them and their customers.
We are a proud recipient of the Excellence in Financial Literacy Education™ (EIFLE) award for children’s education program of the year, risk management and insurance. The award recognized our work in developing and presenting a curriculum to teach foster youth about the perils of identity theft. The EIFLE was created to acknowledge innovation, dedication and a strong commitment to financial literacy education. As a winner of an EIFLE, Identity Theft 911 is recognized as a respected leader in the field of financial and insurance literacy education.
Identity Theft 911 CEO Matt Cullina is winner of the Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility for his work in helping to protect foster teens from becoming victims of identity theft. The Communitas Award is an international effort to recognize people helping people. Winners generously give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities.
Consumers put their identities at risk in everyday activities, whether they’re getting a physical, enrolling their kids in summer camp, or checking out a book from the library.
For , take time to review the relationships you have with companies, organizations and people you entrust with your data with the Identity Theft 911 PII Chart™.
Practical pointers and advice to protect your personally identifiable information—or PII
The recipe for your favorite fruit or cream pie is in a cookbook on the kitchen shelf. You’ll find the formula for Pi (or π) in a high school geometry textbook (remember, it equals approximately 3.14). But there’s another, even more significant recipe you need to know—the one for securing your PII (personally identifiable information).