Residents who use Yahoo Mail are being encouraged by the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs to take action to secure their online accounts following the announcement last month of a massive breach.
During the last two weeks of September, Yahoo announced that at least 500 million user accounts had been compromised.
An investigation by Yahoo following suspicions of an attack in July uncovered a far larger, allegedly state-sponsored attack in recent weeks, according to the Associated Press.
“We take these types of breaches very seriously and will determine how this occurred and who is responsible,” the FBI said in a statement last week.
Given the importance most people place on protecting personal information, the Department of Consumer Affairs is encouraging Yahoo Mail users to take action by following several tips, said Megan Stockhausen, communications coordinator with the agency.
• Change the account password and security questions immediately. Use strong, creative passwords (uppercase, lowercase and special characters) and don’t share them with anyone. Also, don’t use the same passwords or security questions for multiple accounts, especially when using an email address as the login name on a site.
• Watch out for phishing attempts, which is defined by asking for personal or sensitive information via a phone call, text or email is a tactic used by scammers. Never reply to texts, pop-ups, or emails that ask for verification of personal information. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails or texts.
• Closely monitor financial and benefits statements/accounts. Check all monthly statements and account activity, especially for financial accounts saved as payment options on internet merchant sites.
Review them carefully and notify the financial institution/provider as soon as an unauthorized or suspicious item is spotted.
• Consider a fraud alert and security freeze. Scammers may use the stolen information to open new accounts.
A fraud alert and security freeze are free security measures for a credit report. A fraud alert tells a business accessing the report to take extra steps to verify that the person holding the account is the one seeking its goods/services.
When a security freeze is in place, no one can access the report without the account holder approving it.
Stockhausen said these tips can help anyone trying to secure any personal online information.
The hugely popular hit HBO show "Game of Thrones" was the most pirated program in 2015. It's been a constant problem for HBO and the company often has to send out warning emails to users and take down demands to torrent sites.
But now, even if you're not pirating "Game of Thrones" you could get one of these notices - but it's not what it seems. Scammers have started to send spoof warning emails from HBO in order to get victims to to send over some serious cash.
The spoof emails instruct the victim to pay a few hundred dollars as part of a settlement for being caught pirating Season 6, Episode 10 of "Game of Thrones." The email reads:
"On this regard, request is hereby made that you and all persons using this account immediately and permanently cease and desist the unauthorized copying and/or distribution of the Work listed in this notice. You may also be liable for monetary damages, including court costs and/or attorney fees if a lawsuit is commenced against you."
The email later says you only have 72 hours to complete your settlement, otherwise further legal action will be taken.
The email is very convincing and could fool nearly everyone. It is professionally-worded and has minimal typos. So in this case, the best defense might be knowing what HBO's real cease and desist letters look like:
It's important to note that the real cease and desist letter doesn't demand money and there's no time limit. It also specifically names the IP address, whereas the fake email doesn't.
Scammers are getting trickier by the day, so you'll have to stay one step ahead of them. One way to do this is to know the warning signs and red flags to look for before clicking on any links or sending out any sensitive information.
- Keep an eye out for typos and bad grammar.
- Be able to identify where the email is coming from.
- Hover your mouse over any links before you click to see where they are pointing.
- Click here to take the Phishing Email quiz to see if you can spot all the warning signs of a phishing scam.
- Be wary of email-only wire transfer requests and requests involving urgency.
- Be cautious of mimicked email addresses.
- Practice multi-level authentication.
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Why battle ridiculously heavy traffic and crowded trains and elbow your way past hordes of annoying people who can’t stop blocking the escalators when you can buy the exact same things on the internet or in heartland malls?
Once upon a time, shopping in heartland malls meant wearing This Fashion clothes or being limited to the book selection at Popular.
Nowadays, new heartland malls are much more happening. There are stores like Kate Spade Saturday, Calvin Klein Jeans and Armani Exchange at Westgate, while Nex at Serangoon has a rooftop garden with, get this, a dog park, which we have to admit is freaking cool.
Even if you live in Bukit Batok or Yishun, where the neighbourhood malls still suck, you can just buy stuff online. Online shopping is often cheaper than buying stuff in malls since you don’t need to subsidise the high cost of rent, plus you can buy from retailers without Singapore outlets like Target.
You know what’s better than Pedestrian Night on Orchard Road? Not having to deal with not just cars but also other people.
Yvette, a 38-year-old lawyer, concurs. “I buy a large fraction of my things online now, from vitamin supplements to books for my kids. It’s so much more convenient as I don’t need to waste my time travelling to shopping malls. I can even get the merchants to deliver my purchases to my office.”
Don’t even get us started about the increase in parking fares. You’d be hardpressed to find a mall in the main Orchard Road area with a per-entry fee after 6pm. Instead, they’ve been replaced with time-based per entry rates. Thankfully there are still some safe havens for relatively affordable parking, which we’ve compiled here.
Indisputably the best employees in the area that have great qualities
Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda is the number one Honda motorcycle dealer in Dallas, Texas. It has a team of incisive employees, according to several reviews, since each of them has great characteristics, such as being a diligent, dynamic, reliable and trustworthy individual as well as being an excellent leader and follower. They indeed possess a wide range of easily defined, but hard-to-find qualities. With this, the team has the power to fulfill the needs of their clients beyond expectations.
Since 1977, the team already exhibit the traits of dedication, motivation, productivity, and self-reliance in their work, so it’s perfectly logical that it’s the reason why they attained this height of success today. They’re motivated to do only the best so that their work will always be of outstanding quality.
You’re in good hands if you choose Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda for your next Honda purchase. Their sales, service, parts and accessories and dealer support staff have a splendid repair and parts knowledge, so they’re definitely an advantage to you. You’ll surely have an enjoyable and exciting Honda buying experience with this team.
For more than three decades, Al Lamb has been the proud owner of the dealership and reviews claim that he’s such a great man. His genuine interest in this field has been witnessed last 2007 where he participated in the Grand American Koni Challenge Series, Sports Car Club of America GT2 class, and tried the Baja 1000. Since day one, Al never fails in making sure that the customers will always come first and that the dealership in one of the best in the country. He proved that he could handle such position very well through their accomplishments throughout the years with his leadership.
The Neto Group, founded in 1940 by Mr. Meir Ezra, is one of the five leading food conglomerates in Israel. The group’s main goals are: to contribute from its extensive knowledge in product adaptation, saving time for its customers, staying on-trend with new market developments, providing value for money, keeping up with health and fitness trends, and most important satisfying its customers needs.
Neto activity originated as a meat importer, authorized by the British Mandate of Palestine. Over the years, the company has been busy developing new products, acquiring new companies and penetrating new areas of activity in order to adapt its products for the Israeli palate.
Today, Neto imports, produces, markets and distributes a wide variety of high quality kosher and tasty edible products. Neto does this mainly because of its great love for cooking, food, innovation, taste and style. The Group's main brands include:
- Neto – The group’s primary brand.
- Tibon Veal – The company’s meat brand, which includes import, local purchase processing, distribution and marketing of frozen, refrigerated, fresh and processed meat.
- Delidag – Neto’s fish brand, which includes the import, local purchase, processing, distribution and marketing of frozen, fresh, live and smoked fish.
- Williger – The canned food and grocery product brand, which includes canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, and groceries such as rice and pasta.
- Three Bakers – Deals in frozen baked goods and the production, distribution and marketing of pizzas, and local products like bourekas, malawach, jachnun, pastries and more.
- Magic – Manufacturing, importing, marketing and distribution of readymade meals.
- Rich’s – Neto’s brand of whip creams and dairy products.
- Bikorey Hasade Darom – Neto’s brand for the distribution and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Neto Group’s headquarters, logistics center and a some of its plants are situated in the industrial area of Kiryat Malachi. The company has several other plants situated across the country, all of which operate under strict quality standards, ensuring the best products and highest quality.