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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