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Top Tips to Stop Travel Identity Theft – Sileo on Fox Business

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Identity theft increases a great deal when you are on the road. Start protecting yourself with these Top 5 Identity Theft Tips while traveling:
  1. Travel Data Light. If you don’t have to take it with you, increase your safety and leave it at home. This includes checkbooks, debit cards, excess credit cards, Social Security cards and any excess digital gadgets. Simplicity is Security!
  2. Guard Your Devices. Smartphones and tablets are as powerful as laptops. Turn on the auto-lock passcode to keep others out of your information.
  3. Surf Protected. Stop using the free WiFi hotspots in cafes, airports and hotels, as they are constantly sniffed by cyber criminals. Instead, setup tethering between your mobile phone and tablet or laptop so that you are surfing safely.
  4. Privacy Please! Instead of leaving loads of data unprotected in your hotel room (a major source of theft), hang your privacy sign on the door and let house cleaning know that you do not want to be disturbed. Lowering traffic lowers risk.
  5. Mind the Lions at the Watering Hole. Take a minute to watch the video to the left to understand how increasing your awareness in airports, hotels, conferences and restaurants can save you tons of time and money.
Remember, protecting identity on the road isn’t just about you, it’s also about the data you handle in your business every day. It’s one thing to put your own identity at risk, it’s an entirely different affair to jeopardize the security of customer data, employee records or intellectual capital owned by the organization that pays you.
John Sileo is an author and recognized keynote speaker on how identity theft prevention bolsters your bottom line. Learn more about how he can inspire your organization to care about data security, social media privacy, identity management and trust leadership. Contact him directly on 800.258.8076. 

Data Breach Expert Sileo Talks to Fox Business

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Victim of a Cyber Attack? What You Should Tell Customers

By Donna Fuscaldo, Fox Business

It seems like every day consumers are learning of data breeches from companies like Sega, Sony and Google. Major corporations like these tend to have the funds and resources to recover from an attack, but for small businesses, that’s often not the case.

A slow response and lack of communication with customers are among the missteps many small businesses make when facing an attack, both of which can cause irreparable damage to the business.

“When consumers are a victim of ID fraud based on interaction with a small business, 1 in 3 never come back,” said Phil Blank, senior analyst for security and fraud at Javelin Strategy & Research.

While data breaches hitting major banks and corporations tend to dominate headlines, small businesses are increasingly becoming targets. Hackers like to prey on small businesses because computers and mobile phones tend to be used for both work and personal use, and many small businesses don’t have an IT staff monitoring and protecting operations.

According to Javelin, small business fraud totaled $8 billion in 2010. Of that, banks, merchants and other providers absorbed $5.43 billion of the loss while the cost to victims was $2.61 billion.

Although the first line of defense against an attack is to have proper procedures and policies in place, if it does happen, there are steps that need to be taken immediately to mitigate the impact. The experts advise owners’ first step should be to communicate with customers quickly.

“You don’t have a large amount of time between a hack and when you tell a client,” said Blank at Javelin. That doesn’t mean you have to tell clients within a day of it happening, but you shouldn’t wait a couple of months either. Blank said customers should be notified within a week of the hack. “If people know within a week they have the ability to do something about it.”

To ensure the small business is communicating correctly to the customers, John Sileo, founder of ThinkLikeASpy.com and a professional identity theft speaker, said a small business owner should get professional help, whether it’s a privacy lawyer or a company that deals with data breach responses.

Each state has different laws and regulations pertaining to data breaches and a data breach company will be well versed in the rules governing the states. “This is too big for a small business to handle internally,” said Sileo. “They could end up making some legal choices without knowing it that can get them in hot water.”

John Sileo is a data breach expert and data breach keynote speaker on identity theft, social media exposure, data breach and weapons of influence. Bring him in to motivate your employees to care about data security. Contact him directly on 800.258.8076.