Who is Getting Your Tax Refund This Year?

Tax scams are a lucrative revenue stream for criminals throughout the year, but in the
run-up to April 15th, these scams hit their peak. This year, the IRS’s top tax scams targeting consumers in 2015 include the tactics outlined below.

The good news? Frontier is here to help. For each type of scam identified by the IRS as a top risk, we have blogs that will help you spot the risks, and avoid the scams. Continue reading

In the Data Driven Economy a 32% Data Inaccuracy Rate Hurts Consumers

StateOfDataQualityData. Big Data. Everything we buy, read, and watch, everywhere we go, our communications, our health and habits, is being tracked and collected.

The sum of that information is used to do amazing things that should tremendously benefit society… and it’s used to determine how each of us will be treated by the companies and people we interact with.

All that data is used to customize the ads you’ll see, the loan and health care rates you qualify for, and the education and jobs that are offered – or aren’t offered – to you. Continue reading

Visualizing the Explosion of Data

Few people actually know what a ‘byte’ is, so to kick off this visualization I’ll use Wikipedia’s definition: “a unit of digital information in computing and telecommunications that most commonly consists of eight bits.”exabyte

My first computer had so much storage capacity that the sales person told me I would never run out of space. It was a screamin’ 64K monster – and yes, you read that right, it was 64,000 bytes, also called 64 kilobytes. That was 1982. Today, about all you can store in that space would be a really low resolution image.

A decade later, when Kilobytes no longer sufficed, we moved to the world of kegabytes (MB). On the decimal scale, there are 1000 kilobytes to 1 megabyte. On the binary scale, there are 1024, but I’ll stick to decimal values. Continue reading

Medical Data Breaches – Take 5 Steps NOW to Increase Your Protection

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield data breach is believed to have given hackers access to as many as 80 million personal data records.AnthemLink

Among the information stolen were patient names, birth dates, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information.  This is more than enough information to completely take over your identity, and you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself and your family. Continue reading

Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? Part 3

This is the third and final segment of the article Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? For the first segment, click here, for the second segment click here.Feb 9th - I know those   big money scams from nigeria....

Criminals who scam and phish consumers have upped their game, and that means consumers have to increase our savvy of online scams or we risk falling for them.

In the first segment of this article we covered the “Green Eggs and Ham” style scams, the alarmist scams, and topic tricks and traps. In the second segment we covered the misplaced trust, and the trust by association, scams. Read on to further shore up your defenses. Continue reading

Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? Part 2

This is the second segment of the article Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? For the first segment, click here.Feb 9th - I know those   big money scams from nigeria....

Criminals who scam and phish consumers have upped their game, and that means consumers have to increase our savvy of online scams or we risk falling for them.

In the first segment of this article we covered the “Green Eggs and Ham” style scams, the alarmist scams, and topic tricks and traps; read on to further shore up your defenses. Continue reading

Scam and Phishing Tactics Vary; Which Ones Are You Likely to Fall for? Part 1

Criminals who scam and phish consumers have upped their game, and that means consumers have to increase our savvy of online scams or we risk falling for them.Feb 9th - I know those   big money scams from nigeria....

It’s no longer enough to look for weird email messages about inheritances from people you never heard of, notifications that you won a lottery you never entered, pharmaceuticals promising to enlarge or reduce body parts, or invitations from ‘hot’ people who are just dying to meet you. Sure, some of those old scams still make the rounds, but very few people still fall for them.  Continue reading

It’s Data Privacy Day – Take 3 Steps to Protect Yourself

SecurityNetData Privacy Day, like national pie day, probably slips right past you each year, but while skipping that pie slice may help your fitness, failing to protect yourself, your devices and your data is definitely not the right health move.  Instead, let today be a reminder – or if you’re behind in making New Year’s Resolutions, let this be the impetus to make changes – your personal information matters. Your personal privacy matters. And, your personal security matters.

Just 3 Steps: Continue reading