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Be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams: Stay safe online, on the phone and at home

During a pandemic, criminals look to make a profit by using fear to their advantage. Keep your personal information safe and avoid paying for a bogus COVID-19 test or treatment by using the following safety tips. Click with caution You’ve heard of fishing, but have you heard of phishing? While the first activity is enjoyed

By |2020-03-26T09:01:11-05:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Security, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams: Stay safe online, on the phone and at home

Shopping online for the holidays? Protect yourself from e-skimming

Online shoppers can score great discounts during the holidays, but before entering any credit or debit card information online, take precautions: Cyber criminals may look to snag a deal, courtesy of you. Law enforcement officials first began warning consumers to swipe their credit and debit cards carefully a decade ago. The threat, they warned, was

By |2019-12-03T09:54:36-06:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Shopping online for the holidays? Protect yourself from e-skimming

Protect your business from email compromise

The Better Business Bureau Foundation and its partners recently presented a free program to local companies about how to protect themselves from business email compromise (BEC). The event was held in Omaha at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. What is BEC? According to the FBI, BEC is a sophisticated scam targeting businesses that

Tax time is prime time for scammers—Here are some top scams the IRS is seeing

Tax season is prime time for online scams. Cybercriminals are looking to cash in by stealing your identity and getting their hands on your tax refund. In 2018, the Internal Revenue Service noted a 60% increase in bogus email schemes that try to steal money and tax data. The IRS sees so many tax scams

By |2019-03-05T11:43:26-06:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tax time is prime time for scammers—Here are some top scams the IRS is seeing

Planning a spring getaway? Here are some tips to stay cyber secure

For many, the thought of spring means it’s time to start planning some warm weather adventures—and of course, there’s an app for that. But, according to a recent study by Experian, 33% of the 15 million Americans who have been victims of identity theft had their devices hacked while traveling. So, while many elements of

By |2019-08-26T11:06:11-05:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Planning a spring getaway? Here are some tips to stay cyber secure

Getting back to the basics of online security and privacy

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska continually works to ensure the security and privacy of our computers, networks and sensitive information. Since people–not computers–are often the target of hackers, we want to educate you by posting a series of articles that reinforces how to stay safe online. Being cyber secure means doing these six

By |2018-07-05T16:28:53-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting back to the basics of online security and privacy

Tips to keep kids safe online during summer break

As the school year comes to a close, kids are going to discover they have a lot of free time on their hands. Chances are, a great deal of their time will be spent online. This summer, look at online safety and privacy as one component of an overall summer family plan. Mix online time

By |2018-05-22T13:09:03-05:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tips to keep kids safe online during summer break

Tax time: Stay safe from cybercrime

Tax season is prime time for online scams. Cybercriminals are looking to cash in by stealing your identity and by getting their hands on your tax refund. Already this year, reports of tax-related cybercrime and privacy breaches are popping up across the country. Here in the Midwest, for example, the City of Keokuk, Iowa, fell

By |2018-02-27T15:27:57-06:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tax time: Stay safe from cybercrime

A cyber secure holiday season: Tweens, teens and technology

‘Tis the season for many tweens and teens to receive their first smartphone, tablet or other internet-connected device. When giving the gift of tech, parents should also do what they can to give the gift of online safety. While most young people have grown up with technology and are comfortable navigating their online lives, a

By |2017-12-20T10:27:56-06:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A cyber secure holiday season: Tweens, teens and technology