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FBI Tips to Better Protect You from Cyber Crime

Almost daily Pinnacle’s team of financial advisors hear from clients that their email accounts have been compromised and contacts and other information have been stolen. We recently hosted a workshop in partnership with the FBI to help educate our clients on ways they can better protect themselves from cyber criminals. Along with FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Augenbaum of the Memphis Cyber Crime Investigations Team we gave the following tips to help both consumers and small business owners better protect themselves from cyber criminals.

Is Cybersecurity A Top Priority?

The federal government is making cybersecurity a top priority and even launched a website, Onguard Online (, to provide practical tips to help keep you safe online. The website calls for public-private partnerships to keep the nation secure from cyber threats, but it also recognizes the role individuals play to protect themselves online. Cyber thieves use many ploys while people are at home or at work.

Don't be an Easy Target for Online Criminals

Unfortunately, cyber crime happens all too often, but you can help prevent it from occurring in the future. Here are nine ways that you can protect yourself and your business from malicious online criminals.

It's Time to Change Your Password

The first of the year is a good time to make New Year resolutions, put fresh batteries in your home smoke detectors and, most importantly, change your online passwords.

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft this Holiday Season

Credit card fraud and identity theft is a reality in today’s economy. According to the 2013 Norton Report, 552 million consumer identities were stolen from retailer data breaches and that number is projected to grow in 2014. Here are a few tips to help protect you and your good name this holiday season.

Protect Yourself from a Data Breach

In today’s environment chances are good that your card information could be compromised in the future. Here’s what to do if you’re a consumer, a merchant or another type of small business to protect yourself from a security breach.

Keep Your PC Up to Date

Microsoft recently announced a fix for a security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser. Find out what you need to do now and in an ongoing basis to protect your computer.

Staying Safe on Social Media

Social networking sites have become a popular target for cyber criminals. Hackers can use these sites to distribute malware or glean personal information. Here are some tips to help you stay safe online.

5 Things to Know about Identity Theft

The number of identity theft victims goes up every year. Here are five things you need to know about identity theft and what you can do to avoid becoming a statistic.

[Webinar] How to Understand Hyperlinks

This 7-minute webinar will teach you about the anatomy of hyperlinks and how that information can be used to determine if a hyperlink is legitimate.

How to Avoid Email Scams

Unfortunately, as phishing attacks become more sophisticated, it is very difficult for the average person to tell if a message is fraudulent. Pinnacle developed a list of the "Super 6" questions you can ask yourself to help determine the legitimacy of any email.

Podcast: 5 Ways to Protect Your Phone or Tablet from Cyber Threats

Most people are careful about security on their computers but don’t realize that protection for mobile phones and tablets is just as important. Listen to this podcast for tips on securing your mobile device.

8 Tips for Securing Your Mobile Device

Many of us can’t imagine life without our mobile phones. While they are certainly convenient, they can pose a security risk if users aren’t careful. Here are several ways you can protect your phone or tablet from cyber threats.

Podcast: 5 Tips to Reduce Fraud

Do you throw personal financial information in the trash? Can cyber criminals access your PC at home or work? Do you give out confidential information by e-mail or over the phone? Learn more about your potential risks and how you can make yourself a “hard” target rather that an easy one.

The Anti-Virus "Scareware" Challenge

If you’ve spent much time browsing the Internet you understand how quickly high-traffic websites will bombard you with pop-up ads for unwanted products and links. Learn more about fake anti-virus threats and how to avoid them.

Protect Your Personal Computer From Cyber-Threats

Keeping your privacy secure while using the Internet is essential to preventing your personal information from ending up in the wrong hands. Read this to find out how.

Security Procedures for Online Account Holders

Evidence is mounting that cyber crimes are increasing. We’ve heard about the elevated risk from law enforcement and security experts. With the growth in malware and ability for fraudsters to load virus programs on unsuspecting client computers, the need for heightened awareness and protection is of extreme importance.

FTC Identity Theft Guide: What are the Signs?

The best way to detect identity theft is to monitor your accounts and bank statements each month, and check your credit report on a regular basis.

Keeping Your Identity Secure on Vacation

Tourists are especially vulnerable to ID theft. However, there are ways to protect yourself and your family as you travel.

Finding a Legitimate ID Theft Protection Service

Depending on the services you want, you should be able to discover an option that fits your needs and your budget.

FTC Identity Theft Guide: How Identity Theft Happens

The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. The first of our 4-part series on identity theft describes common ways it occurs.

FTC Identity Theft Guide: Protect Yourself

Nothing can guarantee that you won't be affected by fraud or identity theft, but you can take specific steps to minimize your risk.

FTC Identity Theft Guide: How to Recover

Most victims can resolve their cases by being assertive, organized and knowledgeable about their legal rights.

How to Obtain Your Free Credit Report

Each of the major nationwide consumer reporting companies is required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. Here’s how to get it.

Red Flags: Watch for These Signs of Identity Theft

Banks have formal policies for identifying and responding to identity theft “red flags,” but you can also monitor your accounts.

Making Cybersecurity a Priority

The federal government has called cyber threats one of the most serious challenges the nation faces. Find out what you can do to protect yourself online.

How to Avoid a Ponzi Scheme

Here are some tips for making sure you don’t become a victim of investment fraud.

Destroy Data before Replacing Your PC

If you’re getting rid of an old computer or laptop, take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your identity.

Protecting Yourself from Pharmers

Follow these tips to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this prevalent online scam.

Protecting your Privacy

Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some of how your personal information is shared. See how Pinnacle protects your personal data.

Stop Email Fraud

Pinnacle developed a list of the Super Six questions you can ask yourself to help determine the legitimacy of any email.

Trusteer Rapport

Trusteer Rapport will not be supported in Tennessee after Dec. 31, 2018. Instructions for uninstalling the software are available here.