Cyber Thieves Can Come Right Into Your Home

Cyber Crime Means World Wide Web And Criminal

Cyber Crime Indicating World Wide Web And Unlawful Act

A North Bay Insurance Update

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and many of us are searching our favorite web pages for the best deals on the items that top this year’s wish list.  Last year, cyber Monday was the year’s single biggest day for shopping, generating over 2 billion dollars in sales.  This year, consumer experts predict an even bigger day.  However, this online activity is also a big day for cyber criminals.

Holiday Cyber Safety Tips

  • Use a credit card rather than a debit card. It is easier to resolve issues.
  • Make sure your computer has updated security software. Verify that your antivirus software is up-to-date with the latest virus definitions, and that useful features like real-time scanning are enabled.
  • Update your passwords and make sure they are strong. Do not use 1234 as your password.
  • Do not open email advertisements for sources you do not know.
  • Use only familiar websites.
  • Check you statements to make sure charges are correct.
  • Always log out of websites after your shopping is complete. Cookies can often keep you logged into accounts even after you close the browsing tab–an obvious no-no.  Get in the habit of clicking the “log out” button.
  • Try not to do your online banking on the same computer you use to shop online.
  • An extremely important online shopping safety tip is to keep your personal information protected. No retailer needs your social security number or your birthday.
  • The National Retail Federation predicts that 25 percent of adults will do online browsing with their smartphones to find gifts. If you use your smart phone to shop, make sure that you are only browsing safe, well-known sites.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.

 

Sources – Protection one, CNET, Identity Hawk.com, and Tripwire.

 

 

 

 

Has Your Life Become The Movie “Identity Theft”

girl-1064659_1920The credit card industry is growing at an unprecedented rate.  According to a recent survey, the average American household has 2.6 credit cards. People should take note that one of the most prevalent credit card scams in society today is identity theft. In fact, $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers through identity theft in 2015. What people do not realize is that having numerous credit cards can also put them at risk for identity theft.  Fraudulent activities are very prevalent in the industry and the best targets of the culprits are those who have numerous credit cards.  Becoming a victim of identity theft can be costly, time consuming, and wreak havoc on your life.

Identity Theft coverage from North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is a simple and affordable way to protect you and your family from this growing threat. By adding ID coverage to your current Homeowners, Condo, or Renters Insurance policy, you’ll receive invaluable tools to help cover the costs and expenses of restoring your identity.

Included in a policy with Identity Theft protection are expenses associated with:

  • Attorney Fees
  • Costs of Certified Mail
  • Loan Re-Application Fees
  • Costs of Long Distance Phone Calls
  • Reimbursement for Lost Income
  • Costs of Executing Affidavits

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Never give out any personal data or information over the phone; even if the caller says he is from the bank that issued your credit card and that the information gathering is just some sort of verification.

If you are offered a promotion requiring you to give some personal information, then, it would be better not to enter the promotion at all.

Do not carry all of your credit cards with you; take only the one or two that you will need. You will never know what will happen while you are in a public place, where identity theft could just be lurking around, waiting for its next victim.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is committed to providing expert advice and quality insurance products that keep your future protected. From keeping your identity and confidential information secure to insuring your personal items under an umbrella policy, we have the solutions you’ve been looking for should theft, an accident or even a lawsuit ever occur.

 

Who Just Charged $500 on My Credit Card?

 

North Bay Identity Theft

The credit card industry is growing at an unprecedented rate.  According to a recent survey, the average American household has 2.6 credit cards. People should take note that one of the most prevalent credit card scams in society today is identity theft. In fact, $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers through identity theft in 2015. What people do not realize is that having numerous credit cards can also put them at risk for identity theft.  Fraudulent activities are very prevalent in the industry and the best targets of the culprits are those who have numerous credit cards.  Becoming a victim of identity theft can be costly, time consuming, and wreak havoc on your life.

North Bay Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Never give out any personal data or information over the phone; even if the caller says he is from the bank that issued your credit card and that the information gathering is just some sort of verification.

If you are offered a promotion requiring you to give some personal information, then, it would be better not to enter the promotion at all.

Do not carry all of your credit cards with you; take only the one or two that you will need. You will never know what will happen while you are in a public place, where identity theft could just be lurking around, waiting for its next victim.

Identity Theft coverage from North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is a simple and affordable way to protect you and your family from this growing threat. By adding ID coverage to your current Homeowners, Condo, or Renters Insurance policy, you’ll receive invaluable tools to help cover the costs and expenses of restoring your identity.

Included in a policy with Identity Theft protection are expenses associated with:

  • Attorney Fees
  • Costs of Certified Mail
  • Loan Re-Application Fees
  • Costs of Long Distance Phone Calls
  • Reimbursement for Lost Income
  • Costs of Executing Affidavits

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound

Don’t Let Your Business Insurance Get Blown With The Wind

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The risk management landscape is changing fast. It is important for business owners and managers to understand how these trends will impact their business insurance programs. Technology, consumer trends, litigation, and regulations all have increased risk.

  • The Changing workplace environment. Employers are having to manage a change in workplace demographics. The baby boomers are retiring and employers will need to figure out how to attract the next generation of workers.
  • Cyber Risk. Every business will need to consider cyber insurance. Most businesses have a greater risk of having a cyber-attack than they do of having a fire. Cyber security was big news last year. Hardly a week went by without a report of a data breach in some industry. In fact, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported a record high of 1,233 data breaches in 2014, which is a 39 percent increase from 2013’s numbers.
  • Employment Laws. Whenever there is political change you can count on new and/or updated employment laws. Employers will need to keep up to date on how these laws will impact their businesses. Every employer should consider Employment Practices Liability Insurance.
  • Connections with Customers. As we continue to increase our reliance on technology, businesses must find the best ways to stay connected with clients. Customers want real time information about the products and services you provide. The road to being connected begins with understanding that consumers want to use technology in their healthcare decisions. They want to be able to email their partners and access services and information through telecommunication devices.
  • Workers’ Compensation. All states will continue to address legislative measures that could have an impact on employers including; drug usage, independent medical exams, medical marijuana, and the misclassification of employees and contractors.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. provides insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas.

No matter what business you’re in, each workday is dedicated to doing your job well and providing your customers with the best service possible. North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. would like to return the favor by giving you the coverage you need to ensure the security of your business.

Had A Fire, No Worries…Had A Cyber Breach, Big Problem

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Cyber liability is fast becoming a common term for small to medium sized North Bay businesses. If you own a North Bay business with less than 50 employees you actually have a better chance of having a cyber-loss than you do of have a fire. Your business insurance program needs to have cyber liability coverage. Standard commercial insurance does not cover data damage, destruction or loss, and traditional business interruption insurance doesn’t cover business systems downtime.

According to a recent article by Bloomberg Law, one quarter of all the organizations in the United States have suffered a data breach in the last year.  Each breach averaged more than $1.2 million per incident. Yet, less than 35% of businesses actually purchase cyber liability insurance.

Common Cyber Liability Threats

  1. Employees stealing confidential information.
  2. Cloud attacks: The growth of the cloud will lead to attacks targeting data (personal or corporate) stored in the cloud.
  3. Cybercriminals targeting attacks on Android platform devices.
  4. Hackers using special software to hack your laptop and hard drives.

There are very strict regulations at the State and Federal level that place mandatory requirements on companies that have suffered a cyber-loss. If your firm is responsible for the theft of a client’s personal information, you may be required to buy personal identity theft coverage for them for up to one year or more. This requirement can cost you as much as $200 per individual item. Cyber insurance can protect you against many of the risks associated with a loss.

  • Identify theft recovery
  • Notification costs
  • Loss revenue
  • Data restoration
  • Third party coverage

Here are a few resources:

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North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. provides insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas.

No matter what business you’re in, each workday is dedicated to doing your job well and providing your customers with the best service possible. North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. would like to return the favor by giving you the coverage you need to ensure the security of your business.

Cyber Liability Trends

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Cyber Liability Trends

Cyber Liability continues to be a major issue for many California businesses. Is Cyber Liability part of your Business Insurance Program? In today’s data-driven social media world, Denver businesses of all sizes have had a cyber-attack or data breach. Statistics show 40% of all cyber incidents affect businesses with fewer than 100 employees. With the recent Target breach, many individuals and businesses are considering cyber or identity theft insurance.

Hackers caused 32 percent of breach events and were responsible for 75 percent of all exposed records. Industry experts concur that these incidents can be directly attributed to increased use of malware. Healthcare was the sector most frequently breached (29.3%), followed by Financial Services (15.0%). The average cost to business per lost/stolen record was $307. Provided by NetDilgence

 Cyber Liability Examples

  • At a Blockbuster retail site, hundreds of names/addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers and credit card numbers were found discarded in a dumpster.
  • A University of Texas student hacked school network and stole 4,719 student and faculty social security numbers.
  • A hacker successfully obtains sensitive personal information from the insured’s computer system. As a result, a number of donors bring a claim against the insured for allowing access to their personal information. Total cost to business was over $75,000.
  • The insured’s Chief Customer Service Officer has his laptop stolen. The laptop contains over 100,000 donor records, including their personal contact information. Notification cost ran over $200,000.
  • An insured receives an email that appeared to be from its bank but was not. The insured’s employee opened the email, which activated a computer virus called a Trojan horse that reads key strokes from their computer. The perpetrator used this means to obtain banking and password information and initiate a fraudulent electronic wire transfer from the insured’s bank account Total loss to business was $55,000.

 

Cyber Liability Considerations

  • With more companies beginning to store information on the “cloud” there will be more universal breaches causing greater losses.
  • Cyber Liability insurance is a real option providing value added coverage and services.
  • Industries most exposed are; healthcare, medical, retail, financial institutions, technology and hospitality,
  • Cyber recovery costs are rising, even with new technology.
  • Individual states will be beefing up mandatory reporting laws and imposing fines for lack of reporting.
  • New technologies will allow cyber-attacks to come through smart phones and tablets.
  • Small businesses may be the most prone, as they have the least protection.

 

 

Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber liability coverage (for data breaches) has evolved from just insurance for information technology companies to coverage that nearly every kind of business should have – if they don’t already. From retailers, banks, contractors, distributors, restaurants and medical offices, many businesses are unaware of the severe data breach exposure they face. In short, any business not making an effort to protect personal private information is seriously out of step with the emerging landscape of privacy law. We can provide your firm with the right combination of pricing and coverage.

If you have a standard business policy you may not have the right kind of coverage. Let us work with you to provide the right coverage. When you work with North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., you’ll experience the exceptional service and attention to detail that you can only find with an independent insurance agency.

 

Cyber Risk Risks Are Real

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California law requires a business or state agency to notify any California resident whose unencrypted personal information, as defined, was acquired, or reasonably believed to have been acquired, by an unauthorized person. The cost to California businesses can run as much as $250 per individual breach.

Cyber Risk Prevention

According to IT Business Edge, 50% of businesses listed cyber security as one of their top five business risks. “With the revelations of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program and retail store Target’s breach of confidential credit card information, this heightened awareness has been justified and provided warning of the need for awareness and mitigation of this risk.” Kachina Shaw

Cyber Risk Insurance

Cyber liability coverage (for data breaches) has evolved from just insurance for information technology companies to coverage that nearly every kind of business should have – if they don’t already. From retailers, banks, contractors, distributors, restaurants and medical offices, many businesses are unaware of the severe data breach exposure they face. In short, any business not making an effort to protect personal private information is seriously out of step with the emerging landscape of privacy law. North Bay Insurance Brokers can provide your firm with the right combination of pricing and coverage. Cyber risk insurance is available at very reasonable premiums. Many of our companies offer coverage to help protect your business from loss.

Cyber Risk Prevention

  • Do not use the same password for your accounts, important accounts such as online banking, financial services or online purchases with your credit should have different passwords.
  • Install security software that is designed for your specific business.
  • Only connect to the Internet over secure, password- protected networks.
  • Don’t collect information that you don’t need.
  • Reduce the number of places where you store information.
  • Only connect to the Internet over secure, password- protected networks.
  • Don’t store important information on lap-tops.
  • Password protect your important documents.
  • Review bank and credit card statements monthly.
  • Having the company’s database on a different web server than the application server.
  • Never email information on an unsecured Wi-Fi  network.

If you have a standard business policy you may not have the right kind of coverage. Let us work with you to provide the right coverage. When you work with North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., you’ll experience the exceptional service and attention to detail that you can only find with an independent insurance agency.