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‘Tis the Season for Jobs

As much as $731 billion in retail sales are projected for the 2019 holiday shopping season in the U.S., which would represent a 4.2% increase from 2018, according to the National Retail Federation. Holiday sales have risen consistently over the past decade, more than rebounding over pre-Great Recession levels. In fact, between 2002 and 2018, … Continued

We Take Your Privacy Seriously

As of 2019, there are over 4.3 million apps in Google Play and the Apple App Store alone, not including smaller platforms such as Microsoft and Amazon. This number continues to rise as apps become an integrated part of our existence, and the ability to create apps improves with the spread of education and resources … Continued

Dangers of Digital Banking

In 2018, more than 6,500 data breaches and malicious hacking attempts exposed the personal information of 5 billion people. Unfortunately, these breaches seem to have become a “routine part of American consumerism“, affecting hundreds of millions of consumers. In some cases, being exposed to a data breach can be attributed to risky online behavior. Roughly … Continued

Which States Carry the Greatest Military Burden?

At the height of the Vietnam War in 1968, a year that saw President Lyndon Johnson raise troop levels in East Asia to nearly 550,000, the total number of active-duty American servicemembers was more than 3.5 million. Today, there are about 1.3 million active-duty members of the military, and fewer than 200,000 of them are … Continued

Is Social Media Ruining Your Life?

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram – oh, my! Nowadays, it seems like everyone is on social media. However, the positives of social media are often overshadowed by the seemingly endless negatives of the platforms. From addiction and mental health issues to jealousy and unhealthy comparisons, social media might be ruining our lives. Despite headlines insinuating that this … Continued

Security.org Survey: Nearly 4 in 10 People Have Had Packages Stolen

According to new data, close to 40 percent of people have been the victims of so-called porch pirates, who snatch package deliveries from porches, stoops and doorsteps. What’s creating this crisis? In short, online shopping. Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. adults are regular online shoppers, and those numbers are only expected to continue rising in … Continued

GUN COUNTRY: Where in the U.S. Are Guns Most Popular?

Fewer than 1 in 3 Americans report personally owning a gun. Those numbers plummet when you look at people other than white men — 17% of women say they own a gun, and 15% of Hispanics report being gun owners. Despite gun ownership being a relatively obscure hobby (video games, movies, books, sports and online … Continued

32 Cities With Biggest Homelessness Problems

On any given night in the United States, upwards of half a million people will be homeless, and about 1 in 5 of them will be children. Cities, states and the nation as a whole have made great progress in fighting homelessness (overall, homelessness has fallen by nearly 15% over the past decade), but homelessness … Continued

Which U.S. Cities Are the Most Dangerous?

If you had to guess which town in the United States was the single most violent, would you have picked tiny Industry, California? Probably not. Most of us would likely name St. Louis or Baltimore, maybe Chicago or New York. Surely few, if any, would point to the 204-person Industry, a suburb about 22 miles … Continued

Best & Worst Cities for Police

Though it’s still perceived as one of the most trusted institutions in the country, the public’s trust in law enforcement has been shaken over the past few years. According to Gallup, the percentage of people with a favorable view of the police has fallen by 7% since 2017 and stands near the levels seen just … Continued

Something Smells Phishy

We've all seen it before: a message in our inbox that appears to be from our bank or even someone from our company accompanied by a convincing message as to why we must click a link or download an attachment. But clicking the link won't take the recipient to vital information that will save their … Continued

Consumer Complaints Over Time

Unwanted or robotic calls by companies attempting to sell products or services happen every day across the United States. Referred to as telemarketing, these calls are one type of consumer complaint addressed by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, every year. Communication service availability, billing issues, and internet concerns are also fielded by the organization, … Continued

Which States Are At Highest Risk For Cyberattacks?

Whether it’s the safety of our home computers and connected devices, exploits targeted at businesses or breaches of crucial federal systems, such the hacking that took place in the November 2016 election, cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing Americans today. Large-scale cyberattacks are nothing new, but the crisis does seem to be growing. … Continued

Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Are Rising — But We Really Don’t Know How Much

Hate crimes targeting LGBT individuals have climbed for the past four straight years, according to data published by the FBI. While such hate crimes do not account for the majority of all hate crimes reported by the FBI (racially motivated hate crimes are by far the most common), the fact that such incidents are growing … Continued

Which Cities Have the Biggest Problems With Police Brutality?

At the start of the 2016 NFL preseason, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench while the national anthem played throughout Levi’s Stadium. At first, nobody noticed. A couple weeks later, the one-time Super Bowl-starter-turned-backup had transitioned to kneeling during the anthem, and a movement to protest police brutality was born.

A Guide to Securing Confidential Personal Data Both Online and Offline

We’re drowning in news about data breaches and identity theft, and there seems to be no safe haven. In 2017 and 2018 alone, customers of stores such as Macy’s, Adidas, Sears, Kmart and Best Buy had their credit card information and other sensitive data stolen. In 2017, Equifax showed that even the businesses responsible for … Continued

City Crimes Involving Guns

From skeet shooting to self-defense, guns are woven into the United States' DNA. While it's nearly impossible to nail down an exact number, Americans own an estimated 393 million guns – a number that accounts for nearly half of the entire world's firearm ownership. America's current population is approximately 326 million people, which means there … Continued

Online Password Strategies

Times used to be so simple – type in your pet's name, add a number or two, and voila! The perfect password. However, as technology advances and people are better able to navigate the digital world, the formula we use to protect our information needs to be progressively more complicated: a mix of uppercase and … Continued

Best & Worst States for Women’s Rights

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. While women had been permitted to vote in some states and cities, there were no protections on the national level until the 19th Amendment became part of the Constitution on Aug. 26, … Continued

Public Awareness of Major Data Breaches

If you've been paying attention to the news, data breaches might seem like a dime a dozen these days. In 2018, roughly 5 billion people had their information and sensitive data exposed in criminal hacks, including over 765 million people between April and June that same year. If you had an account with businesses ranging … Continued

Inside Job: Why Employee Fraud Has Double the Impact on Small Businesses

Entrepreneurship is woven into the very DNA of the United States, and about 625,000 new businesses open their doors every year. Small businesses employ nearly half of all Americans and account for about 99 percent of businesses in the U.S. Only a sliver of businesses will remain open long-term, however, as just under a third … Continued

What Type Of Fraud Is Most Common In Your State?

Identity theft, fraud and cybercrime are, sadly, routine in our modern world. Nearly two-thirds of American adults say they have been personally caught up in a major data breach, and more than 4 in 10 have dealt with fraudulent charges on their credit cards. And it’s only getting worse, according to the newest report for … Continued

Detailing the Delete Facebook Phenomenon

Facebook: A social media platform with no shortage of puppy pictures, cooking videos, and privacy scandals. 2018 was described as a “colossally bad year” for Facebook, and it's easy to see why. A series of high-profile data and privacy breaches culminated in a public apology tour to make up for the Cambridge Analytica debacle and … Continued

Crime Sentencing by State

In almost every nation in the world, governments rule the land with some form of prison or punishment. But in the United States, prisons are a particularly massive institution. More than 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S., according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and that includes about 1 … Continued

A College Students Guide to Securing Confidential Personal Data Online & Offline

With the rise of the Internet, teenagers and college students are more digitally connected than ever before. These days, just about every student owns a smartphone and computer. In fact, about 73% of all 13-17 year olds have smartphones, 87% of American teens have computers, and 72% of them engage on social media. Research also … Continued

Do You Value Your Privacy

Whether it's identity theft, security breaches, or online hacking, most Americans are worried about their privacy. Considering the constant reports that foreign countries could be influencing U.S. elections, massive attacks on private companies and public universities, and the excessive exposure of personal data like credit card accounts and Social Security numbers, it's easy to see … Continued

A Guide to Protecting Your Information & Privacy While Traveling

Imagine hopping on the airport’s WiFi while waiting for your flight, or booking a hotel room from your taxi ride. Seems safe enough, right? Think again. The truth is, travelers are incredibly vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Think about it — jetsetters and travelers are constantly using unsecured wifi connections, carrying loads of personal … Continued

Keeping Pets Safe and Secure at Home

Our pets are multi-talented wonders. For example, a cat’s purr and soft fur can instantly reduce your stress and anxiety. Similarly, you get exercise and socialization with other folks when walking your dogs. Pets give us so much love, and we love them right back. It’s our job to keep them safe and secure at … Continued

Practical Steps for Schools and Hometowns to Address Gun Threats and Violence

Gun violence is a serious issue in many areas of United States society. Virtually anyone anywhere can be touched, including a toddler at home, a five-year-old in school, an adult picking up snacks at the neighborhood convenience store and the teen down the road who struggles with depression or mental health issues. It manifests itself … Continued

Protecting Customers

Ensuring the security of customer’s payment information is a challenging issue. It’s also one that’s gotten infinitely more complex thanks to the rise of the Internet and e-commerce. Here are what some of the top minds in the industry have to say on the topic. Key Considerations for Securing Customer Data A business can’t get … Continued