Forter: Multiple files of Stolen Personal Data Have led to Relentless Online Fraud Attacks

Forter: Multiple files of Stolen Personal Data Have led to Relentless Online Fraud Attacks

We live in an era of cybercrime where it is not uncommon to read headlines of data breaches and other cases of persistent fraud attempts. According to the 2019 sixth annual Fraud Attack Index by Forter Inc, fraud levels went up in 2018 in every online merchant category they scrutinized.

The weight of the matter

Forter reported increased fraud levels in 2018 in all the online merchant categories it tracked. The findings were as follows.

•    Food-and-beverage merchants 79%

•    Electronics at 73%;

•    Digital goods, 66%;

•    Apparel and accessories, 47%;

•    Jewelry, 19%;

•    Luxury, 19%;

•    Travel, 19%;

According to Michael Reitbalt, Founder and CEO of Forter, though some thought luxury or electronic merchants were more vulnerable to fraud due to the larger return from a single fraudulent transaction, the food-and-beverage sector has turned out to be the best testing zone for tricksters to see if they can purchase goods with stolen IDs. Once successful purchase means the trick is worth trying for a top dollar order elsewhere.”

In fact, the CEO suspects that some cybercriminals are hoarding stolen customer information for later breaches or sale in black markets.

“What’s more, web-based food and beverage retailers are slow to the game of online transactions compared to other merchants in other sectors, and as a result, haven’t built up dependable fraud defenses making them the criminals favorite,” Reitblat says.

How is your business most likely to get attacked?

The study also focused on the methods criminals used and …

Buying RF Equipment: Do’s and Don’ts

RF equipment comes in all shapes and sizes, so it can be difficult to determine which kind is right for you. However, you don’t have to go stumbling around in the dark! If you’re in the market for RF equipment, here are some basic “do”s and “don’t”s to get you started.

Buying RF Equipment: Do's and Don'ts

Do: Know what you need.

Maybe you’re shopping for a 181 degree hybrid combiner. Maybe you need a system that can handle DXF and STEP files. At the end of the day, the specifics of your shopping trip will depend on what you need for your particular business, so start off the right way by making a list. You can measure all of your potential purchases against it.

Don’t: Rely on brand names.

While brand names can be a good starting point if you’re completely new to the world of RF equipment, they shouldn’t be the deciding factor in anything that you buy. There are off-brand products that will work just as well as the popular ones, and they’re usually available for a fraction of the cost as well.

Do: Stick to your budget.

It’s easy to find yourself tempted by shiny products and unnecessary upgrades. One way to combat this is by making a budget and sticking to it. If you already know that you aren’t spending more than a certain dollar amount when you enter the hardware store, you can resist the siren calls from various aisles.

Don’t: Shop blindly.

Always read the reviews of your …

Steps That Will Help You Start IT Staffing Agency

Steps That Will Help You Start IT Staffing Agency

If you have been in the human resources or staffing industry for plenty of years and due to experience in filling job orders and sourcing talents, you probably feel that it is time to open your staffing agency.

Then we should congratulate you because deciding is the first step towards success.

However, starting an employment agency can seem straightforward, since you do not need too many employees, inventory to purchase and contact stuffing business could be finished from your home instead of renting an office space.

You should check out for IT staffing companies in Dallas so that you can determine how other agencies started their business.

However, there are specific steps you should take before you get ready to take your candidate or to consider a new job order from clients.

1.     Decide Your Staffing Niche

You have probably heard that IT is dominant and in demand niche for some people since the margins tend to be high, but if you do not know anything about information technology, you should stick to things you do understand.

Have in mind that as soon as you decide staffing niche, your client will go to you as an expert in this particular field, so as a result, you will have to understand a specific skillset that potential candidates should have without asking.

First things first, location is everything, so before you open your doors, you have to make sure that you understand the area you live in. Check your competition as well …

Funeral Webcasting Allows Closure

There are times in everyone’s life when it’s impossible to get away, even to attend the funeral of a person who was very important to you. Work obligations, family needs, or financial pressures might prevent you from traveling to a funeral at a distant location. Increasingly, funeral directors are offering webcasts of funeral services to make the proceedings accessible to anyone who can’t be there in person.

Using one or more cameras mounted strategically in the funeral chapel, a funeral director controls the webcast using computer software, usually on a laptop reserved especially for the purpose. The funeral service is streamed online in real time, letting anyone watch and hear the entire event.

After the service, the video is kept online for up to a year, or even longer. The funeral director, in consultation with the family, decides how long the video will be available.

Although funeral webcasts can be left open to anyone, they are usually restricted for privacy. Family members can choose to set up the funeral website with password protection, requiring anyone who wishes to see the service to enter the pre-determined password. They can keep the password protection in place during the entire time that the video is accessible online.

Families can also decide who to notify before the funeral takes place, usually via an email message system. This gives the family another layer of privacy, ensuring that their very personal event is open only to those they’ve chosen to notify. This practice isn’t …

Shale Fracking Technology Is Real Energy Innovation – But Some Don’t See It That Way

The other day, I was speaking with a thought leader from South Africa working with the schools and promoting the future of innovation with the goal of fostering business entrepreneurship to allow South Africa to meet the demands needed for the 21st Century. One thing that I find interesting here in the United States is that when we talk about energy innovation everyone assumes that we are talking about solar technologies or better wind turbines. They never seem to consider the traditional energy industry and all the technological advances being made there, such as fracking.

There was an interesting article in the ‘corporate news’ section of the Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2012 titled; “Chevron Enters Shale Hunt in South Africa – Company’s Decision Comes as Temporary Ban on Exploration Is Lifted in a Country Estimated to Hold Large Reserves,” by Devon Maylie and Alexis Flynn which noted that South Africa has the 5th largest estimated reserves using the new fracking technologies – maybe more.

Believe me when I tell you that as more fracking is going on around the world to get out gas and oil, there will be new methods, and even more efficient technologies introduced. In fact, it is happening now. If South Africa and other countries continue to develop safer environmental strategies for fracking, and more efficient ways to get at that oil and gas, then we can have the best of all worlds. You see, shale fracking technology is real energy innovation, …