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LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses

July 18, 2018


As reported by KrebsOnSecurity here.


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Data Breach Bigger Than Equifax - 340 Millions Personal Records Exposed

June 28, 2018


As reported by Kim Komando here.


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Have your credit locked or frozen with the Big 3 credit reporting agencies?  There's one more you need to take care of, the NCTUE

May 18, 2018


Think You’ve Got Your Credit Freezes Covered? Think Again - Krebs on Security


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U.S Government's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Hacked

April 12, 2018


CFPB Hacked Hundreds of Times, Risking Sensitive U.S. Financial Data - Free Beacon

Forget Facebook, Here's The Real Privacy Scandal - Investors Business Daily

Uh Oh… CFPB Suffered More Than 1,000 Data Breaches - Daily Caller


Note:  This seemingly critical story received scant coverage by the media and other, reliable sources have told me that is may not be true - I am currently waiting for a follow-up to my inquiry and will update this entry when I know more. ~Webmaster, May 17, 2018.


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X-RATED EMOJIS

February 24, 2018


Arecent e-mail from Kim Komando warns parents of a new way teens and young adults are using coded emojis to send sexual messages to each other and avoid scrutiny from adults.


The X-rated Codes Behind These Popular Emojis Will Shock You - Kim Komando


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CBD OIL SCAM

January 10, 2018


Old scam methodology, new product. 


CBD oil is a popular new cannabis/hemp-derivative health product that is sweeping the country, but federal and state laws and opinions on the laws and its legality vary widely.  Not to be outdone, the scammers are trying to capitalize on CBD's popularity.  Most recently, several outfits are advertising on the Internet through social media, targeted e-mails and advertising pop-ups offering free samples and all you have to do is provide a credit card number to cover the shipping and handling, usually S5.95 - $9.95. And you may or may not receive the sample.  Hidden in the small print of the trial offer's Terms & Conditions statement is the recipient's consent to automated/regular shipments and subsequent charges to the credit card unless the recipient calls to cancel future shipments.  The problem arises when it is nearly impossible to reach someone at the toll-free customer support number to cancel shipments and again, you may or may not receive product.  If this has happened to you, contact your credit card issuer immediately, have them cancel that card number and issue you a new card.


CBD Oil Scam Article 1


I've been getting a lot of questions about this product/subject, so for those wondering if CBD oil is legal where you live, below are few resources. There are many differences and nuances as to the source of the oil, marijuana plant versus industrial hemp plant, etc., etc., and their respective legalities in various jurisdictions.   Disclaimer:  If you have any questions as to its legality, contact your state's Attorney General's office.  If you plan on ordering it through the mail, also check with the USPS - you do not want to engage in the interstate shipment of a banned product - very serious legal consequences to that.  And, of course, before consuming any type of nutritional supplement, etc., for a health condition, be sure to consult your physician and pharmacist.


Is CBD Oil Legal in All 50 States?

Is CBD Oil Legal? Depends on Where You Are and Who You Ask

DEA: CBD Oil Is Not ‘Legal in All 50 States’


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NEW SHINGLES VACCINE, SHINGRIX, APPROVED BY FDA ON 10-20-2017!!!

December 14, 2017


New shingles vaccine approved, recommended highly by ACIP (Advisory Committee on Imunization Practices) - Medical Economics, 12-13-2017


No Excuses, People: Get the New Shingles Vaccine - New York Times, 11-10-2017


Should I Get the New Shingles Vaccine?  - Mass Live, 11-23-2017


CDC touts new shingles vaccine as more than 90 percent effective; 'I’m very thrilled' this is available,' says doctor in Omaha - Live Well Nebraska, 12-10-2107


FDA Approves New "Super Vaccine for Shingles - AARP, 11-15-2017


YouTube video 1

YouTube video 2

YouTube video 3

YouTube video 4


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CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY EQUIFAX DATA BREACH MAY AFFECT 145 MILLION AMERICANS

September 7, 2017 (updated 5-17-2018)


​New Chart Shows All Equifax Breach Stolen Info – Kim Komando



Kim Komando | Equifax Security Breach: What You Must Do with Your Social Security Number NOW!

Krebs on Security | Equifax Breach: Setting the Record Straight

Krebs on Security | ​Experian Site Can Give Anyone Your Credit Freeze PIN

Clark Howard |  Equifax data breach: What we know and how to protect yourself from what’s coming next


Krebs on Security | Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data!

Krebs on Security | The Equifax Breach: What You Should Know

Krebs on Security | Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire

Equifax | Equifax Announces Cybersecurity Incident Involving Consumer Information

Kim Komando VIDEO |  MASSIVE data breach affects 143 million Americans

Kim Komando | What to do about the Equifax breach

Krebs on Security | Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans

Bloomberg | Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Hit 143 Million Customers

Clark Howard | Equifax data breach may have exposed personal info of 143M consumers

NBC News | Massive Equifax Data Breach Could Impact Half of the U.S. Population


Go to https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the Potential Impact button to see if you may have been affected.


Related Stories:



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TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE INFO LEAKED

September 2, 2017


Breitbart |  Personal Info of Citizens with Top Secret Security Clearances Leaked in Data Breach

Upguard | Insecure:  How a Private Military Contractor's Hiring Files Leaked

Gizmodo | Data Breach Exposes Thousands of Job Seekers Citing Top Secret Government Work [Updated]


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700 MILLION E-MAIL LOGINS LEAKED ONLINE

August 30, 2017


Kim Komando | Change your email password now! 700 million logins leaked online


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NEW MEDICARE ID CARDS ROLLING OUT NATIONWIDE IN APRIL, 2018 - BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!

July 21, 2017  (updated 2-17-2018)


AARP Article

Purdue University Savvy Living Article

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Official webpage for new card rollout information and updates (you can also sign up for e-mail updates here)

CMS Press Release - CMS Reveals New Card Design 9-14-2017

CMS (video) - New Medicare Cards are Coming


Your old card will be still be good for 2 more years.  Beware of scams trying to get your personal information.  You do NOT have to pay for this new card.  It is very important for everyone, irrespective of age, to establish their online account at Social Security's website at: http://www.ssa.gov (then click on the "my Social Security" link) before someone else (scammer) does it for you.  Also, the address reflected here is where your new Medicare card will be sent, so it is very important you confirm that it is correct, along with other details of your Social Security profile.


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MILLIONS OF VERIZON CUSTOMERS' ACCOUNT PINs LEAKED

July 12, 2017


Kim Komando Article

Krebs on Security Article

BuzzFeed Article

UpGuard Article


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KIM KOMANDO: YOU MUST DELETE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM THIS SCARY WEBSITE NOW!
January 13, 2017


Kim Komando Article


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KIM KOMANDO: ANDROID SECURITY ALERT - 900 MILLION DEVICES AT RISK

August 8, 2016


Kim Komando Article


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KREBS ON SECURITY:  DATA BREACH AT ORACLE'S MICROS POINT-OF-SALE  

August 8, 2016


Krebs Article


Information is still coming out, but according to the article, the MICROS point-of-sale system is used at 330,000 cash registers in 180 different countries, giving this breach the potential to be one of the most serious of all time.  Monitor your credit card accounts very closely and be sure to read my report on this subject on the Publications page under the Fraud and Scams section!


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THINK YOU HAVE A STRONG PASSWORD?  HACKERS CRACK 16-CHARACTER PASSWORDS IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!  U.K. DAILY MAIL

May 28, 2013


Article from UK Daily Mail here.


Yes, this article is old, but reinforces the importance of using strong passwords and 2-step login features.  Thanks to my MMA brother Zach for bringing this to my attention!


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RUSSIAN HACKER IS TRADING E-MAIL CREDENTIALS FOR 272.3 MILLION ACCOUNTS

May 5, 2016

It is imperative that you change your passwords now if you have any e-mail accounts with Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or Outlook (Microsoft Live).  Also, I strongly suggest you enable any 2-step verification (authentication) log-in or security question options your e-mail provider may offer.

Reuters article & video
Fox New article
UK Independent article

See the bottom of the Helpful Info & Links page for more info about Identity Theft.


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CRITICAL FAIR HOUSING GUIDELINE CHANGES FOR RENTALS

April 4, 2016

Daily Caller report:  Obama Tells Landlords They Can't Refuse to House Criminals


New HUD Guidelines


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U.S. SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY OVERTURNS MASSACHUSETTS' STUN GUN BAN

March 21, 2016


TheHill.com Article


Full opinion from Supremecourt.gov​


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KREBS ON SECURITY:  THE GREAT EMV FAKE-OUT: NO CHIP FOR YOU!

February 16, 2016


Krebs Article


Explains why at some retailers you still have to swipe your card while at others you can now insert, or dip it, to take advantage of the new security features with the chip.

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OFFENDERWATCH®

OCPD just launch their OffenderWatch® website.  According to the website, it "is the nation's leading registered sex offender management notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it."


More info about it here.
OffenderWatch® website - search for offenders in you area here.

Another good side for this is:  Family Watchdog


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EXPERIAN/T-MOBILE BREACH AFFECTS 15 MILLION CUSTOMERS
October 3, 2015


If you  have any equipment financed through T-Mobile, I strongly suggest you read the following articles and consider taking the steps I outlined below to secure your accounts.

CNBC article here
Krebs on Security article here


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U.S. GOVERNMENT'S OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM) ESTIMATES 5.6 MILLION HAD FINGERPRINTS STOLEN IN BREACH September 23, 2015

Recall that earlier in the summer this number was estimated to be around 1.1 million and was in addition to the personal information (including SSN's and addresses) of an estimated 21 million past and present government employees, certain contractors and members of the military.  This also included information from SF-85 and SF-86 background investigation forms from individuals applying for security clearances.

CNBC article
Washington Post article
Navy Times article
More articles

Some steps you can take now to protect yourself:


Quick Steps You Can Take to Help Thwart Cyber Fraud and Steps You Can Take to Help You Recover If You've Been the Victim of Identity Theft


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U.S. DEPT OF JUSTICE'S BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS NEWLY RELEASED REPORT ON IDENTITY THEFT

September, 2015

Link to summary here.
Link full report here.

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KREBS ON SECURITY:  CHIP CARD ATM 'SHIMMER' FOUND IN MEXICO

By now, most of us have either heard about or actually have one of the new credit cards with the chip embedded in it.  Ostensibly, this technology change was meant to help stem the flood of theft from credit card skimming and other methods of cloning credit cards.  However, Krebs is warning that the new chip & pin technology may not be the panacea we expected.  Read his article here. The takeaway from this article is that we STILL must continue to be vigilant in the places (and machines) where we use our cards and to whom we hand them.

Updates:
More ATM "Insert Skimmer" Innovations, 9-3-2015
Tracking a Bluetooth Skimmer Gang in Mexico, Part 1, 9-15-2015
Tracking a Bluetooth Skimmer Gang in Mexico, Part 2, 9-15-2015
Who's Behind the Bluetooth Skimming in Mexico?, 9-15-2015


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TAKATA AIR BAG RECALL INFO

For those of you confused and concerned about this, I think I have finally run across a government website (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) that says it has a full list of the years, makes and models affected, as well as link to check your vehicle's VIN against the recall list.  If you can't read the VIN on your car, it should be listed on your proof of insurance card that your carrier provides you.

NHTSA Takata Air Bag Recall List
NHTSA Recall Look-Up by VIN
Sign Up for NHTSA Recall Notifications by e-mail here

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WARNING!! Small business owners take note:

Effective July 1st, 2015, the IRS may start fining business owners who help employees pay for health care costs.

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) article
Fox Business News Video
Forbes article
Newsmax article


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RUSSIAN GANG AMASSES OVER 1 BILLION INTERNET PASSWORDS

August 5, 2014

New York Times Article


Because of this massive breach and others that occur almost daily, we must all remain vigilant with our online accounts and activities.  Here is a very short list of easy steps you can take now to help thwart cyber threats:


Quick Steps You Can Take to Help Thwart Cyber Fraud and Steps You Can Take to Help You Recover If You've Been the Victim of Identity Theft

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LAWSUIT RULING PROMPTS IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MEDICARE RULES

Due to a ruling in a recent lawsuit, there have been some critical changes made to certain rules covering treatment for anyone who has received (and still needs), is currently receiving or may need physical, occupational or speech therapy. If this applies to you, it is very important that your read up on these changes. Click on the links below to read the articles:

A Quiet 'Sea Change' In Medicare by Susan Jaffe, New York Times, March 25, 2014

Medicare Expands Rehab Coverage by Sally Abrahms, AARP, January 23, 2014


                          NEW!!!  Updated 06-01-2014


Self Help Packet for Expedited Skilled Nursing Facility Appeals Including "Improvement Standard" Denials
(Also includes a brief summary of Medicare coverge for skilled nursing facility care and the "improvement myth" plus specific law citations.)


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OKLAHOMA'S CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT LAW

 Significant changes are coming to this law on November 1, 2014 which include changes to and record removal of certain charges and convictions from publicly-accessible Internet databases, courthouse records and databases used by employers for background checks.
 
Attorney Michael Risley's website does an excellent job explaining these changes.  Click here for more information.  


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EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE

Did you know that most homeowners and renters insurance policies do NOT cover damage caused by earthquakes?  In a recent (May 2014) discussion with my insurance agent, I discovered that due to the increasing frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma, it may not be long before insurance companies stop writing these policies altogether and coverage is difficult enough to obtain right now as it is.  Depending upon the company, coverage may be available in the form of a separate policy or a rider to your primary policy and fees vary greatly, so, shop around.  I would encourage anyone who is concerned about this to contact your insurance agent immediately.  UPDATE (1-11-2016):  It has been brought to my attention that some insurance companies may be denying claims by saying that the earthquakes are caused by man-made fracking and therefore, not true "natural disasters."  If this is true, and since the cause of the recent geologic activity in Oklahoma is still a point of much debate, it is very important that if you do have earthquake coverage, you check with your insurance agent to ensure that they do not make this exclusion in your policy.

Oklahoma Insurance Dept. article and guides

Fox News:  Record Number of Oklahoma Tremors Raise Earthquake Threat, Officials Say - May 6, 2014


Is Earthquake Insurance Really Worth It?  KFOR Newschannel 4 story and video Feb. 25, 2014

Oklahoma Earthquake Tracker


Earthquake Tracker (pick a desired location, worldwide)


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MAY 2013 TORNADOES

Many thanks to everyone who contacted me to see if I made it through the recent bad weather.  Thankfully, I made it without any injury or damage, but countless others were not as fortunate. There are numerous local and national charitable organizations that will be working for many months to help affected residents.  If you wish to donate, here are a few:

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund donations via cell phone text messaging
United Way of Central Oklahoma
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
Oklahoma Baptist General Convention Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund

When making charitable donations, we have to be careful not to fall victims to scammers and many charities have similar-sounding names, so, before donating, be sure to check out the organization(s) first with one of these charity review websites:
 
Charity Navigator
GiveWell Charity Reviews
Charity Watch
Great Nonprofits
Smart Givers
Guidestar
Better Business Bureau Charity Reviews


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