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How secure are your mobile devices?

The good news: Your mobile devices are actually pretty secure, especially compared to computers. The bad news: Your mobile devices are at risk of malware and other security threats—and those risks are on the rise. According to Verizon’s Mobile Threat Index 2018, 64% of organizations reporting have seen an increase in mobile threats over the…

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New phone scam targets seniors

Post-holiday bills bring extra financial pressures on everyone…even crooks. There’s a new hybrid scam called “spearfishing” that targets seniors with robo-calls or in-person phone scammers claiming to be from doctors, hospitals, insurers, Social Security, or banks. The FTC issued this advisory. “I’m calling from [pick any bank]. Someone’s been using your debit card ending in…

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The latest on new Medicare cards

To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been distributing new Medicare cards that don’t have the beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers on them. Senior Planet asked for an update on the new cards; here’s the latest from Ray Hurd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Administrator…

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Vacation Rental Scams

By Ari Lazarus, FTC Plenty of us are still running around trying to book a last-minute vacation rental. If that’s you, here’s what you need to know: scammers are ready with fake vacation rental ads. Rental scammers try to get your rental booking and take your money. But, when you show up for the vacation,…

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Healthcare Data Breach: symptoms and cures

Having your records stolen in a healthcare data breach can be can be a prescription for financial disaster. If scam artists break into healthcare networks and grab your medical information, they can impersonate you to get medical services, use your data open credit accounts, break into your bank accounts, obtain drugs illegally, and even blackmail…

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How safe is your router?

The FBI recently reported a new malware hack striking routers. Senior Planet is running this update to alert our members, courtesy of Experian.  The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning “any owner of small office and home office routers” of a dangerous new malware hack called VPNFilter, which has infected 500,000 routers in 54…

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New Scams on the horizon

According to the FBI statistics, adults aged 60 or more years lost more than $342 million as victims of internet scams in 2017; the statistic was part of the “2017 Internet Crime Report” released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Senior Planet is running this update to alert our members, courtesy of Experian.    What…

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