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Ask the Expert: What is Vishing

Ask the Expert: What is Vishing

You’ve probably heard of scammers targeting people with phishing emails, but what about vishing?

Vishing (or voice phishing) is similar to a phishing attack, but it is conducted over the phone. Here’s how it works: Scammers call targets from a phony (or spoofed) phone number, typically claiming to be representatives of banks or financial organizations alerting the target to an account issue. Other methods include loan offers, employment opportunities, and debt collectors, but the goals are generally the same: get the target to provide information about their financial accounts or send money.

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5 Signs a Cyberattack Is Under Way and 5 Things You Need to Do Before It Happens

5 Signs a Cyberattack Is Under Way and 5 Things You Need to Do Before It Happens

Cyberwar could be a life disrupter as well as a business killer. Iran and its allies have a history of launching attacks that are hard to prove but nonetheless concerning. Top among the threats posed by Iran is the possibility of a massive cyber offensive aimed at critical infrastructure like the power grid, financial organizations, hospitals, election systems, businesses of all stripes, and government agencies. While you might imagine such an attack would be readily apparent with widespread blackouts and the like, the start of a cyberwar campaign may be more like the contrail of a firework, a subtle streak of smoke in the sky preceding a very obvious conflagration. It could target your employees, not your company. We're all connected. So, how do you know if it's happening?

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Misleading Marketing Practices: Lending Companies Using Your Bank’s Reputation Without Permission

Misleading Marketing Practices: Lending Companies Using Your Bank’s Reputation Without Permission

While consumers are constantly bombarded with electronic ads, and the dangers of online scams, the average buyer has evolved and will research before signing the dotted line. Other lending and insurance marketers have resorted to purchasing consumer information to seem legitimate.

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Phishing, Vishing, Smishing: What You Need to Know

Phishing, Vishing, Smishing: What You Need to Know

As the incentive for cybercrime increases, so too do the methods used by hackers and scammers. The names for their various tactics may sound fun, but they can be company killers just as easily as they can target individuals. 

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Tax Identity Theft Awareness

Tax Identity Theft Awareness

Now that the holiday season is over a new season begins- tax season. Whether you are ready or not tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are.  We want to educate you on what tax identity theft is how IRS Imposters target you, as well as give you tips to start fighting tax identity theft right away. 

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The 2020 Tax Frauds: Old is New and “Better” than Ever

The 2020 Tax Frauds: Old is New and “Better” than Ever

This tax season it’s the same old story when it comes to fraud; but the 2020 reboot is going to require tax professionals and taxpayers to level-up when it comes to staying cyber safe. The targets remain the same (employers, payroll companies, tax preparers and taxpayers) as does the approach: Social engineering. But the bad guys got in great shape during the off-season and have a stealthier playbook in 2020. 

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Why International Data Privacy Day Matters More than Ever

Why International Data Privacy Day Matters More than Ever

Also known as Data Protection Day in Europe, Data Privacy Day is a global thing. However, unlike National Talk Like a Pirate Day or International Donut Day, Data Privacy Day takes notice of an increasingly urgent reality, the erosion of our most often ignored human right: the right to privacy. While Data Privacy Day only dates back to 2007, it is only in recent years that it has been getting much attention. The prime reason for this bad news. We have hit a privacy tipping point

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New Faces at NebraskaLand Bank

New Faces at NebraskaLand Bank

The last 6 months of 2019 were busy! We were busy not only with our dedication to our customers and our community but also growing our team with some new faces.   We are excited to introduce you to the newest members of the NLB team.

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Selling Privacy: The Next Big Thing for Entrepreneurs

Selling Privacy: The Next Big Thing for Entrepreneurs

Black Friday and Cyber Monday made clear that the online-offline divide in consumers’ minds has almost disappeared. Among the big winners for sales in 2019 will be a device that is perhaps the best physical representation of that diminishing online-offline divide: the digital assistant.

Even basic home goods like doorbells and light bulbs are commonly being sold with Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to integrate into Google Home-, Siri-, or Alexa-enabled networks. These devices do not just talk to one another. They’re also providing the companies that manufactured them with a gold mine of data about how they’re being used–and, increasingly, who is using them.

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3 Everyday Things in Your Office That Could Lead to a Data Breach

3 Everyday Things in Your Office That Could Lead to a Data Breach

When you think about cyber threats, what comes to mind? An extortionist announcing your doom with a dark monitor and a laughing skull? State-sponsored cyber-warriors working from a secure command post? President Trump’s certain, “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds?” Chances are good, your version of cyber risk involves one of the above “types” hunched over a keyboard deploying massively sophisticated malware on the networks of unsuspecting businesses and government agencies. Think again. Forget megabreaches. We’ve entered the gigabreach era. The personal data of entire nations is up for grabs–literally: Ecuador, Bulgaria. And the threat is not only coming from external sources. There are smaller things to worry about, and they are in your office right now.

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