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What You Can Learn From FTC Data Security Actions Against Uber, TaxSlayer
September 19, 2017
This month’s Equifax data breach that exposed an estimated 143 million credit records showed how vulnerable non-public personal information with the threat of constant cyber attacks and phishing schemes. Enforcement actions levied over the summer by the Federal Trade Commission against Uber and TaxSlayer serve as significant reminders to financial institutions—including title insurance companies and agents—about their duty to disclose data-sharing practices to customers and to safeguard private and sensitive customer information.
3 Things To Do If Phished
August 24, 2017
Title and settlement companies impersonated as part of an email phishing scam should notify customers as soon as possible, contact law enforcement, provide resources for affected consumers and review the company’s security practices, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Read on for details.
NIST Releases Cybersecurity Definitions for the Workforce
Dark Reading  |  August 7, 2017  |  Dawn Kawamoto
Employers and recruiters may have an easier time describing the type of infosec professionals they are seeking to hire or advance in their careers now that the government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the finalized draft version of its cybersecurity lexicon framework.
 Use This Video to Warn Consumers About Wire Fraud
July 25, 2017
To help raise awareness about wire fraud, ALTA created a 2-minute video that provides four tips on how consumers can protect their money and offers advice on what to do if they have been targeted by a scam. ALTA members are encouraged to link to this video from your website, include in email or share on social media.
How Wire Fraud Starts
July 25, 2017
Criminals begin the wire fraud process way before the attempted theft occurs. Most often, they begin with a common social engineering technique called phishing. This can take the form of email messages, website forms or phone calls to fraudulently obtain private information. Through seemingly innocuous communication, criminals trick users into inputting their information or clicking a link that allows hackers to steal login and password information.
Examples of Fraudulent Emails
July 25, 2017
Check out a few examples of the types of email you may receive from criminals attempting to steal funds for a real estate transaction.
Sample Wire Fraud Warnings You Can Use
July 25, 2017
Title professionals are encouraged to remind clients about the risk of wire fraud. Read on to learn what other companies have done and access sample warnings to put in email signature lines.
Red Flags to Protect Your Company Against Wire Fraud
July 25, 2017
Title and settlement companies can protect themselves by increasing staff awareness of these scams. Use these red flags in your training.
Information Security Bulletin: Encryption and Safeguarding Your Data
June 27, 2017
In the second quarter edition of ALTA's Infosec Advisory Bulletin, the Information Security Committee's defines the process encrypting data, why you should encrypt data and what information should be protected. In addition, the bulletin provides a list of different devices that you should consider encrypting.
Share This Consumer Alert: Beware of Wire Fraud Schemes When Buying a Home
June 22, 2017
ALTA wants to help its members make sure home purchase doesn’t get derailed by malicious wire fraud schemes attempting to steal consumer money meant for the purchase of homes. Read on for five tips to share with others and increase awareness of this threat.
 Title Companies Report 480% Increase in Wire Fraud Attacks
May 9, 2017
The number of wire fraud scams reported by title companies to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) spiked 480 percent in 2016, according to a warning issued to businesses by the FBI. Read on for strategies to protect money and data.
 DIY: How to Develop Hacker-proof Passwords
May 9, 2017
With all the publicity about cyber fraud, many people are rethinking their online security and trying to come up with hacker-proof passwords. But is there really such a thing as “hacker-proof”? At the very least, you can lengthen the odds that anyone would get access to your email, your bank account, your credit card information and your online business accounts. Here’s how.
ALTA Urges CFPB to Warn Consumers About Wire Fraud Schemes
April 6, 2017
ALTA says the alert should provide tips on how consumers can protect themselves and questions to ask to help determine if real estate professionals have procedures in place to protect their money. ALTA has educated its members over the past few years about these wire fraud schemes, but the best defense is to inform consumers about the danger.
Alert: FCC Warns of 'Can You Hear Me' Phone Scams
March 28, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission issued an alert about a scam seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges to accounts. The fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call—such as a mortgage lender—to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer.
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