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8 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Your Identity

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Mar 12, 2019 6:10:00 AM

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last month several high profile companies were hacked and individuals’ personal information was compromised. The sites included health insurance providers, job searching sites, restaurant chains, a fitness and diet tracking website and even online photo storage sites. The numbers of people potentially involved in these breaches are staggering.

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Topics: identity theft, cybersecurity

Avoid Identity Theft to Protect Your Tax Return

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Feb 26, 2019 6:51:00 AM

T'is the season! Tax season that is. It’s also identity theft season. Last year over 100,000 people discovered that their identity had been stolen when they attempted to file their taxes. While the IRS and other tax jurisdictions have worked diligently to reduce the number of fraudulent filings, there is still a lot that you can do to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Topics: identity theft, Taxes - Individual, cybersecurity

Think Before Signing onto that Free Wi-Fi

Posted by Frank Geric on Jan 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM

If you’ve traveled you know how unproductive travel time can feel sitting and waiting for your plane. So, you figure you’ll just hop on the airport’s Wi-Fi and check your email or send out a proposal. NOT SO FAST!

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Topics: identity theft, security, cybersecurity

12 Security Tips for Accounting Systems

Posted by Frank Geric on Jan 8, 2019 6:20:00 AM

Unless you’ve planted your head firmly in the sand, you’ve probably seen or read about numerous computer hacks and scams. Identity theft is a very real problem, but when a ne’er-do-well accesses your accounting system and puts your customers’ sensitive data at risk, it can spell doom for your business. 

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Topics: security, cybersecurity

The IRS Issues New Warning about New Phishing Scam

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 28, 2018 8:20:08 AM

The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning about a fairly sophisticated new phishing scam. Phishing, a technique where a malefactor impersonates someone (in this case the IRS,) in an effort to steal sensitive information such as user names, passwords and account numbers.

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Topics: security, cybersecurity, IRS

7 Things to Do if Your Business Systems Get Hacked

Posted by Frank Geric on Oct 30, 2018 6:20:00 AM

Data breaches have been in the news of late. They range from seemingly minor incidents to those which affected hundreds of thousands of customers at companies

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Topics: cybersecurity, account systems

Scam Alert: Fraudsters Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 15, 2018 10:46:42 AM

Some taxpayers receive emails that appear to be from the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) about a tax refund. These emails are a phishing scam, trying to trick victims into providing personal and financial information.

 Do not respond or click any link. If you receive this scam, forward it to phishing@irs.gov and note that it seems to be a scam phishing for your information.

TAP is a volunteer board that advises the IRS on systemic issues affecting taxpayers. It never requests, and does not have access to, any taxpayer’s personal and financial information.

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Topics: Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, Taxes - Individual, tax, cybersecurity, IRS

Help! I Can't Remember All My %&*!# Passwords

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Jun 2, 2017 10:45:53 AM

Q: I am fed up and frustrated trying to keep—and remember passwords that are both complex and creative. This is frustrating and I am at my wit's end. What can I do to make it easier for me to remember but more secure against attacks? -Mary Kay C, Business Executive, Brookpark, Ohio

A: Thanks for your question, Mary Kay. Yours is one that almost everyone can relate and you are not alone in your frustration. Fortunately, I may be able to provide some insight and an alternative for you. 
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Topics: fraud, cybersecurity

Cybersecurity: 5 tips in 5 minutes

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Sep 9, 2016 4:40:39 PM

 Cybersecurity. What if I said I can give you five security tips you can implement in five minutes that will help greatly mitigate the risk of your home or business computer system from becoming a target for cybercriminals?  Yes, it can be that easy! 

While there are certainly savvy hackers out there, the reality is many breaches of security stem from common, no-cost proactive measures that most overlook.

Here are our top five:

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Topics: cybersecurity

Classic Hackers: What War Games Taught us About Technology in the Workplace

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Apr 26, 2016 8:53:36 AM

Classic Hackers: What War Games Taught us About Technology in the Workplace

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Topics: fraud, security, technology, cybersecurity


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