Cyber Security for Businesses and Their Customers

With the heart of tax season upon us, one group certainly isn't taking time off from attempting to steal your money.

The announcement of the economic stimulus package earlier this year has many thinking green, and that's no different for scam artists. In a letter from the Postmaster General this month, it stated that only two-percent of ID theft was tied to the mail, which leaves the Internet and other means.

So, on Wednesday, we checked with network specialists on security.

Shaun Shuck, with Cisco Networking said, "Network security has always been a bit reactive; virus[es] come out and people make a fix for it. But for the people that were affected, it's too late and they’re too gone. "

New Cisco Networks utilize anomaly detection to weed out strange activities on computers, but when it comes to other attempts to gain your information, it's going to require more attention on your part.

Sgt. Frank Meredith, with the Dothan Police Department said, "They will create a fake website that looks like your bank account; you don't know that the bank account that you thought was your real one is fake."

Besides activities like phishing, making fake websites to gain your information, there are other ways cyber thieves can obtain your information. Capture mechanisms can attempt to gain card numbers.

Demonstration Specialist Whitney Rhone said, "They make it so they just get a little piece of information and also, they are recording keystrokes. So, they know what passwords are and when you go to specific pages, what things are."

If you have reason to believe that someone is trying to scam you, you can call the Dothan Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 793-7000.


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