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You’ve Read It, Now Shred It: Free Paper Shredding Event | #itsecurity | #infosec | #hacking | #aihp


You can take advantage of a free paper shredding event in North Las Vegas on Saturday September 24th, from 9am-1pm. North Las Vegas Police at the Northwest Area Command station are hosting this event to help prevent identity theft and fraud in our community.

According to reporter Greg Haas on 8NewsNow.com, this is going to be a “drive-thru” event, and police are asking you to please remain in your vehicle. Passengers will be limited to “two file boxes full of documents per vehicle.” Haas goes on to report that any documents you bring to this event with be shredded on-site and the shredded paper will be recycled.

The Northwest Area Command station is located at 3755 West Washburn Road, and police there require that you only give them paper documents and file folders to shred, although there is no need for you to remove items like binder clips, staples, rubber bands or paper clips.

They request that you DO NOT try to have them shred “cardboard, plastics, metal, 3-ring binders, CDs or DVDs, trash or hazardous materials.”

Document and paper shredding is an excellent way to avoid identity theft and fraud. If a document or a piece of mail has personal information on it, it is a good idea to make sure you shred it after reading it if you don’t need to save it.

Per NerdWallet.com, here are some more ways to prevent identity theft:

  1. Freeze your credit with all three credit bureaus.
  2. Secure your Social Security number. Do NOT carry your card with you.
  3. Be alert to phone call and email spoofing and phishing.
  4. Use strong passwords for all of your accounts. If possible, add two-step authentication.
  5. Utilize alerts from your financial and banking institutions.
  6. Pick up your mail as soon as you can. Stolen mail leads to stolen identities in many instances.
  7. Shred documents containing personal information, especially if it includes your Social Security number.
  8. Use the digital wallet on your smart phone.
  9. Be sure to use passwords to protect mobile phones and other electronic devices.
  10. Check your credit reports regularly.
  11. Monitor financial and medical statements closely.

Happy Shredding!

 

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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

 

10 Most Common Cybercrimes According to the FBI

Cybercrimes continue to grow in number. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3), founded in 2000, received an astounding number of complaints in 2020: 791,790. The loss associated with these complaints was staggering, coming in excess of $4.1 billion.

To help provide a clear picture of cybercrime and its impact, Twingate looked at data from the FBI’s IC3. The top-10 crime types with the highest monetary losses were selected from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center’s (IC3) Internet Crime Report 2020. The number of total victims was also included for each of the 10 crime types.

An IC3 analyst reviews and categorizes each of these complaints. The top cybercrime reported to the IC3 in 2020 was phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming. There was a significant amount of fraud around the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The age group with the highest rate of victimization, according to the number of complaints, were those over 60 with 105,301, with a total loss of $966,062,236.

While cybercrime is extremely prevalent, continued awareness surrounding online activities remains critical to protect yourself. Read on to find out more about the top cybercrimes in 2020 and what steps you can take to stay safe.

 


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