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Summers mean backyard grilling - safely!

Just like hamburgers and hot dogs, a sizzling grill is a symbol of summer and grilling isn’t just about great food. Backyard barbecues often create treasured memories with friends and family. Keep in mind, however,...

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Boating Season is Here – Are You Up to Speed on Safety?

With spring in full bloom and summer just on the horizon, prime boating season is upon us. And you might notice more people on the water than ever, because sales of recreational boats have been growing at a steady clip...

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Scam of the Week: Brand Impersonation Attacks Are at an All-Time High

According to recent reports, phishing attacks that use brand impersonation are at an all-time high. Cyber criminals are posing as familiar companies so they can trick you and get access to your account in order to steal...

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Scam of the Week: That Free Avengers: Endgame Download You Found Online? It’s a Scam!

If you’re looking to stream or download blockbuster movies when they’re still in theaters, you probably shouldn’t. Why not? Well, first and foremost, this is called piracy and it is illegal. Secondly, any “free...

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Scam of the Week: Spike in Malicious PDF File Scams, Again!

PDF files are commonly used in most organizations, regardless of what industry you work in. That’s why PDFs are often thought of as a “safe” file type. Do you hesitate to open them? Over the past few months, there’s...

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Scam of the Week: Realistic Phishing Attacks Take Advantage of U.S. Tax Season

ALERT: Tax season scams are peaking. So, when you get any emails or phone calls about your taxes or W2 forms, verify whether the person sending the email or making the call is legitimate–whether you know them or not....

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and cleaning and organization around the house are very popular this time of year. If you’re ready to tackle the monumental spring cleaning chore, read on for some helpful...

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Daylight Saving Time is also Daylight Safety Time

In most places in the United States, Sunday, March 10th begins Daylight Saving Time, when clocks are moved forward one hour. We want to remind you it’s also a great time to improve your family’s safety. Be Safe In...

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Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Robocall Scams

The bad guys are automating robocall scams worldwide. Recently, there has been a rise in this type of fraud. They have a variety of attacks that you should watch out for. Here are a few examples: 1. Bank account and...

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Home Security Technology: Keeping you ahead of the burglars

Back in the early days of home security “systems,” around the end of World War I, it was common for homeowners to hire “door shakers”-night watchmen who would literally walk around and check doors to make sure they were...

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Scam of the Week: Dangerous Office Attachments Bypassing Email Security

As always, you must be suspicious of all email attachments, because attackers are finding new ways to get around email security filters. The latest attack includes Microsoft Office attachments containing hyperlinks to...

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Thinking about Airbnb? Consider the implications

Millions of people use house/ apartment share services every year. These services, like Airbnb, match hosts who are looking to rent their dwelling or room out for a short period of time with guests. By all accounts, the...

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Scam of the Week: Watch out for Malicious “Love You” Malware

The bad guys always use holidays to their advantage, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. They’re now sending malware to your inbox with love. Cybercriminals are sending Valentine-themed spam emails containing...

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Look Out for Malicious Files on Legitimate File Sharing Services

The bad guys have come up with another way to trick you! Now, they’re using services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and other file hosting sites for their evil attacks. Cybercriminals are adding malicious files to these...

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Insuring Jewelry: How to Know if Your Coverage is Enough

A ring from a loved one. A bracelet handed down through generations. A watch or necklace marking a special occasion. Every reason you treasure a piece of fine jewelry is a reason it should be insured. However, calling...

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Scam of the Week: Protect Your Mobile Device: Watch out for Malicious Apps in Your App Store

The bad guys are developing malicious applications with the hopes of making their way into your mobile device’s app store –and sometimes they’re successful. Recently, over 100,000 people across the globe downloaded...

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Is your home as efficient as it could be? An energy audit can tell you

Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters. All are common issues in homes across the country, and they’re not just annoying-they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher bills. The U.S....

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Watch out for W2 and Tax Fraud Phishing

The bad guys are starting their tax scams early this season! All employees should look out for urgent emails and phone calls supposedly coming from the IRS or tax-related companies in the next few months. For all...

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Keep Pets Happy and Safe on Vacation

You’re not just imagining it—a lot of people are traveling with their pets these days. According to a TripAdvisor survey of more than 1,000 travelers, 53% of those responding said they take their pets on vacation, and...

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Five Common (and Potentially Costly) Homeowner Mistakes

Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up-whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time...

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Don’t be tricked by Halloween hazards

Halloween can be a fun-filled time for children and adults alike. This Halloween, be sure to pay attention to certain safety guidelines to keep the trick-or-treaters safe and sound. How can I keep my child’s costume...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Watch out for "Apple Care" Vishing Attacks

Vishing scams are on the rise. Be aware of the common signs of a vishing attack to avoid becoming a victim. The latest attack goes like this: You receive a call from “Apple Care” claiming your iCloud information has...

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Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now-as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Watch for New Hybrid Attack Involving CEO Fraud

The bad guys are getting creative with a new hybrid attack that involves CEO Fraud and gift card scams. There is a massive campaign underway where they impersonate an executive and urgently ask for gift cards to be...

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Let's Keep Our Lawns and Ourselves Safe

For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for...

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6 Tips for Getting to Work on Two Wheels

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States commute to work by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? That’s a lot of cars off the road each day, a lot of gasoline saved and a ton of...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: *Another* New CEO Fraud Phishing Wrinkle

The bad guys are getting increasingly creative with CEO fraud and accounting scams. They are now impersonating executives within your organization and asking for financial reports, or asking employees in payroll to make...

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Essential Safety Tips for Nighttime Boating

If you own a boat (or better yet, as the joke goes, you know someone with a boat), you’ve probably thought about spending some evenings on the water - especially in the summertime. It’s a great thought, of course. But,...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Be Warned! New Hybrid Cyber Attack on Banks and Credit Unions

The bad guys are using a new hybrid cyber attack to steal your private banking information. They place a Banking Trojan on your computer (most likely through email), and once you try to visit your bank’s website, it...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Beware of New Social Media Attack

Be careful on social media! The bad guys have a new way of tricking you into giving them your personal information, and it’s called "angler phishing". When you make a public complaint on a company’s social media page (...

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Summer Driving Tips

Summer’s almost here. The sun will come out of hiding, and people will, too. As crowds swell at the beach, in parks, and even on roadways, it all makes for some challenging driving conditions. More people are out and...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Watch out for GDPR and Royal Wedding Attacks

Be on the lookout for a new, Apple-flavored phishing email Scam of the Week. A new European data privacy regulation is going into effect this week. It's called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and bad guys are...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Watch Out for Gmail Confidential Emails

The bad guys have a new way to phish users, and you need to be on alert for this one! Gmail now allows a different way to send emails called Confidential Mode, and the bad guys are using it to send you malicious...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Cryptocurrency Scams, More Than a "Bit" Unsettling

Cryptocurrency is now being used by the bad guys to scam you. If you’ve never heard of cryptocurrency, it is a digital currency that uses encryption methods to secure transactions. Completely managed online, it’s a “no...

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Do I Need to Tell My Insurance Company If My Dog Bites Someone?

You probably don’t think your dog would ever bite someone, let alone cause a serious injury. But dog bites are more common than you might realize-4.5 million occur every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: MyFitnessPal Users are Now Phishing Targets

It's all over the news. A 150 million database with user names and passwords of Under Armour's super popular MyFitnessPal app has been hacked. Cyber criminals are going to use this to scare you into clicking on phishing...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Compromised Business Email Accounts

Emails being sent from the bad guys have been increasingly hard to detect. These emails appear to be like any other normal email you’d receive. If a business partner or an employee at an organization your company is...

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Protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide at Home and at Work

Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of people in the U.S. die from carbon-monoxide (CO) poisoning-and the invisible, odorless gas sickens thousands more. The numbers seem...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Apple Phishing and Smishing

The bad guys love to spoof companies that we’re all familiar with. If you’re an Apple customer, you know they send emails on a regular basis, and this might make you inherently less suspicious of anything appearing to...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Is That a Real Security Alert or a Phishing Email?

A couple of weeks ago, Google sent out legitimate Security notices to some user accounts affected by security issues. These notifications looked exactly like some commonly-seen phishing attempts. You can see an...

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Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services Acquires The Fitzpatrick Agency of Bridgeport, CT

The Fitzpatrick Agency, Inc. is an independent insurance agency located in Bridgeport, CT serving the needs of personal and commercial insurance clients since 1919. The agency specializes in yacht insurance and has been...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Wave of Payroll Direct Deposit Phishing Attacks

There is a new Direct Deposit phishing attack you need to watch out for. It's a sophisticated scam that starts with an official-looking email that asks you to click a link and access a website. Next, they ask you to...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Beware of Fake "Do Not Call Registry" Emails

The latest attempts from the bad guys include fake emails insisting that your phone number’s registration for the Do Not Call list is about to expire. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Beware of Fake "You've Received a Payment" Emails

The bad guys are notorious for sending emails requesting payments for business-related financial transactions, online services, or to gain something of value, just to name a few. Lately, they’ve flipped the script and...

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KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Fake Meltdown And Spectre Patch Phishing Emails

You may have read in the press that it was recently discovered that practically all computer systems worldwide have a hardware bug called "Meltdown" and "Spectre". Hardware and software vendors have been working hard to...

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Tips for Buying a Safe Car

You’ve heard all the talk about driverless cars - but unfortunately, we’re still years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go, kick back and relax with a book (or, more likely, your phone)....

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: A New High Risk of Evil AI Attacking Employees With Ransomware

Ransomware attacks will undoubtedly be on the rise in 2018 and we particularly need to watch out for sophisticated attacks harnessing AI. AI, or Artificial Intelligence, by definition is the capability of a machine to...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: W-2 Phishing Scams Will Resurface in a Few Weeks

[ALERT] The bad guys are starting their tax scams early this season! For ALL employees, look out for urgent emails and phone calls supposedly coming from the IRS or tax-related companies. HR and Accounting teams, be on...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Don't Fall Victim to Increased Ransomware Attacks

Cyber criminal attacks are constantly becoming more sophisticated. The volume of malware-laced emails rose significantly during the third quarter of this year, according to a Quarterly Threat Report published by...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Phishers Target PayPal Users With Fake "Failed Transaction" Emails

There is an especially sneaky PayPal scam tactic in the run up to the holidays, when many people struggle to remember the who/what/when/where/why of their festive spending. Scammers are banking on the holiday rush...

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Why Today’s Homes Burn Faster

From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear. A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and...

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: Expect Uber-themed phishing attacks

Uber has suffered a data breach a year ago, and the address and email information of 57 million people were stolen. Uber paid off the hackers who then supposedly deleted the data, but that cannot be confirmed....

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KnowBe4 Scam Of The Week: This Scary New Phishing Attack is Very Hard to Detect

Heads up! The bad guys have come up with a new attack technique that’s just plain nasty. Last week, users began receiving emails from known contacts they had at another organization, or so they thought. At least one of...

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Do You Need Umbrella Insurance?

One of the most certain things in life is uncertainty. Your dog could bite the neighbor’s kid. Your teen driver could hit a cyclist. A guest could fall down your stairs. A rainy morning commute on worn-out tires could...

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4 Ways to Help All Children Have a Great School Year

It's back-to-school time, and, if you have school-age children, your household is likely bustling with activity and filling up with books and backpacks. There are other households and school districts in your community,...

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