Guard Well Awarded Most Promising Solution Provider – 2020

Guard Well Awarded Most Promising Solution Provider – 2020

Enterprise Security Magazine has once again recognized Guard Well Identity Theft Solutions in their CIOReview as one of the most promising Identity Governance and Administration Solution Providers. The magazine previously featured Guard Well’s Founder and CEO in their article Protecting Your Employees and Company Bottom Line.

 

Most firms have a considerable stockpile of end-of-life IT assets that are loaded with sensitive data and are quickly depreciating. The latest article in CIOReview, Guard Well Identity Theft Solutions: Shifting a Liability and Expense Into Profit, explains how companies are reaping the rewards from trusting the Guard Well data risk mitigation process.

 

Located in Cincinnati, OH, Guard Well has disrupted the enterprise data risk mitigation space with a new solution that wipes and certifies IT hard drives at no fee, repurposes the gear (which is the greenest solution available), and then shares the profit with the client. Guard Well partners only with organizations that use data eradication software endorsed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and which are HIPAA and FDIC compliant.

 

The CIOReview states, “Having achieved a resounding success in the months prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Guard Well looks poised to create many more success stories in the area of enterprise risk mitigation.” To learn more, visit https://guardwellid.com/enterprise-data-risk-mitigation/.

 

Guard Well is available 24/7/365 at 888.966.GUARD (4827) or via email to memberservices@guardwellid.com.

Experian Boost is Here

Experian Boost is Here

It is now possible to raise your credit FICO score instantly with Experian Boost! This new feature has been added to our website to help you increase your score by an average of 13 points*.

 

In seconds you can get:

– Credit for the utility bills you’ve been paying from your bank account.

– Credit for streaming subscription payments.

– Matched with better credit cards based on your boosted score.

 

Results are instantaneous and, best of all, it is a free service. No credit card is required. You do not need to be a Guard Well member to utilize this special feature. Take better control of your credit and try it today. Boost HERE.

 

Be vigilant. Be strong. We are always available 24/7/365 if you have any questions or concerns. Call us at 888.966.GUARD (4827) or email memberservices@guardwellid.com.

 

*Results may vary. Some may no see improved scores or approval odds. Not all lenders use Experian credit files, and not all lenders use scores impacted by Experian Boost.

Guard Well Introduces Three Bureau Credit Report & Score Center

Guard Well Introduces Three Bureau Credit Report & Score Center

Now more than ever, having the right identity theft protection in place is critical. “Cyberattacks, especially phishing scams, are on the rise and that means that identity theft rates are increasing as well,” remarks E. Allan Hilsinger, Founder and CEO of Guard Well Identity Theft Solutions. “Although identity theft is not preventable, it is key to be proactive and identify issues swiftly. This is why we developed the Guard Well Credit Report and Score Center.”

 

In order to assist Guard Well Members and the general public in being cyber smart, Guard Well’s new ‘a la carte’ feature will help save time and identify issues before they could potentially turn into huge problems.

 

To obtain your three-bureau credit reports and score, please visit the Guard Well website and click on the red button in the upper right-hand corner that says Get My Credit Report and Score. Or, visit www.guardwellcredit.com to view your reports and scores within seconds.

 

 

You do not have to be a Guard Well member to utilize this special feature. For a one-time fee of $19.95, you have access to all of your credit reports and scores within seconds. The process is clearly explained with easy to understand instructions to walk you through the activity quickly.

 

First, you will enter your personal information and then agree to Terms and Conditions. Then you will verify your identity by accurately answering the questions provided. On the next page, you will enter your credit/debit card payment information. Once submitted, all three credit bureau reports and scores (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) will appear in seconds for you to review and print.

 

After you complete this process, reach out to us immediately if you notice anything unusual in your reports. Be smart. Be vigilant. Be strong. We are always available 24/7/365 if you ever have any questions or concerns. Call us at 888.966.GUARD (4827) or email memberservices@guardwellid.com.

 

Photo credit: Photo by Dylan Gillis via Unsplash.com.

 

 

 

 

Veteran Data Exposed in Recent Breach

Veteran Data Exposed in Recent Breach

Last month the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Financial Services Center reported that the personal identifying information (PII) of more than 46,000 veterans had been stolen. Social security numbers may have been included in the hack. The VA Financial Services Center is in process of alerting impacted individuals via mail.

 

If you are a veteran (or next of kin of a deceased veteran), we suggest that you be on the lookout for any signs of fraud.

 

– Continue to watch your credit and individual account statements for activity that you have not initiated.

 

– Do not respond to any emails, phone calls or direct messages from anyone saying that they are from the VA Financial Services Center. The VA will contact anyone impacted via mail only.

 

Please reach out to us immediately if you have any questions or concerns about this alert. Be smart. Be vigilant. Be strong. As always, we are available for you and your family members 24/7/365 at 888.966.GUARD (4827) or memberservices@guardwellid.com.

 

Photo credit: Photo by Samuel Branch on Unsplash

Dark Web Alert: Large Sets of Compromised Data

Dark Web Alert: Large Sets of Compromised Data

Our security teams have discovered additional large sets of compromised data on the Dark Web. More than 50 million records have been breached. The websites below (when known) have been affected. If you have visited these websites or have engaged in business activity with any of these companies, please call us at 888.966.GUARD (4827) to speak with a fraud resolution specialist. Likewise, if you have questions or concerns feel free to call anytime. We are available for you 24/7/365.

 

– City of Knoxville, TN Government Servers. Breach date: July, 2020. Data exposed: emails and bank accounts.

 

– Unknown. Breach date: unknown. Breach size: 50 million. Data exposed: names, emails, addresses, phone and gender. More information to come.

 

– UniversalLogistics.com. Breach date: June 11, 2020. Data exposed: corporate operational data reports, emails, invoices and personal data (names, DOB, SSN, driver’s license, credit cards).

 

 

Websites with Compromised Data on the Dark Web

Websites with Compromised Data on the Dark Web

Our security teams have recently discovered several large sets of compromised data on the Dark Web. The websites listed below have been affected. If you have visited these websites or have engaged in business activity with any of these companies, please call us at 888.966.GUARD (4827) to speak with a fraud resolution specialist. Likewise, if you have questions or concerns feel free to call anytime. We are available for you 24/7/365.

 

– apollo.io

– appen.com (formerly crowdflower.com)

– scentbird.com

– swvl.com

– promo.com (previously slide.ly)

– mathway.com

– truefire.com

– ggumim.co.kr

– dave.com

– chatbooks.com

– hurb.com

– liveauctioneers.com

– kreditplus.com

– execupharm.com

– dunzo.com

– verifications.io

– catho.com.br

– bhinneka.com

– wattpad.com

– gigasize.com

– netsential.com

 

 

Guard Well Recognized as Top 10 IAM Solutions Provider

Guard Well Recognized as Top 10 IAM Solutions Provider

Enterprise Security Magazine has once again recognized Guard Well Identity Theft Solutions as a Top 10 Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions Provider. The magazine first featured Guard Well’s Founder and CEO earlier this year. Check out the article: “Protecting Your Employees and Company Bottom Line.”
Guard Well is available 24/7/365 at 888.966.GUARD (4827) or via email to memberservices@guardwellid.com.
Turning Your IT Boneyard into a Profit Center

Turning Your IT Boneyard into a Profit Center

Like most families and organizations in America, you probably have a pile, or maybe even a storage room or two, full of IT assets that are not being used. They’re at the end of their life. They are holding extremely sensitive data. They’re also depreciating quickly.

 

In ongoing efforts to analyze employer risks, and find effective solutions to mitigate them, Guard Well Identity Theft Solutions has developed a Data Risk Mitigation service. “We have partnered with highly experienced software engineers who have perfected the end-of-life process for data center/IT hardware for over twenty years,” remarked E. Allan Hilsinger, Founder and CEO. What does this mean for you? “You have gear … we have cash! It’s really that simple.” He continued to explain, “We buy a customer’s IT boneyard essentially turning their headache, risk, and expense into a profit center. We ensure total data destruction by using the U.S. Department of Defense endorsed three swipe data eradication process, which can occur on or off-site.”

 

How does this process work? The customer’s IT inventory list is reviewed (and created if needed). Then an estimate to purchase if provided. If the estimate is agreed upon, the proper change of custody paperwork will be executed, gear will be accepted and the company gets to work. After the three swipe data eradication process is complete for each piece of equipment, certificates of complete data eradication for each hard drive are provided. Once wiped, the gear is repurposed and the customer will receive the revenue share previously agreed upon.

 

As with all Guard Well programs, our team continuously strives to keep the process simple, safe, and hassle-free and with minimal effort required by your IT team. We are experts on keeping your asset value at a maximum and while completely eliminating data risk.

 

Interested in learning more? Schedule an appointment with us via the ‘contact us’ form on our website or call us today at 888.966.4827 (GUARD).

 

Photo by Tisteo on Unsplash.com

 

Memorial Day Hacks and Hamburgers

Memorial Day Hacks and Hamburgers

Memorial Day is a special time of year to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U. S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Visit History.com for more information.

 

Always the last Monday in May, this holiday also marks the unofficial beginning of summer fun … pool season, popsicles, and plenty of barbeques. Americans have traditionally observed Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. This year the weekend activities will likely look a bit different while social distancing, but we will continue to reflect on the sacrifices our soldiers made for us while lighting up our grills. Speaking of, take a visit to Chowhound.com for some amazing tips for the most perfect hamburger ever (80/20 lean to fat ratio ground chuck always!) and clever grilling hacks (Did you know you can use a spare a cooler as an insulated warmer to keep food hot and juicy right off the grill?). One tip you won’t see there is a favorite of mine … folding a dollop of mayo into each burger patty for optimal juiciness before they even go on the grill. Try it. You’ll love it!

 

Sadly, with the holiday, come the crooks that feed on our gratitude. Watch out for Memorial Day scams where hackers use a patriotic or military approach when contacting service members for money. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggests to be on the lookout for three specific scams during this time of remembrance:

 

High-priced military loans. No legitimate lender will guarantee a loan as being instantly approved. Watch for ads that may also say no credit check is required. If this is the case, the loan will likely come with hidden fees as well as outrageously high interest rates.

 

Veterans’ benefits buyout plans. These plans offer an attractive cash payment in exchange for a disabled veteran’s future benefits or pension payments. The cash payment is typically only 30-40% of what the veteran is entitled to receive.

 

Overpriced life insurance policies. The military are often targets of high pressure insurance salespeople, who want them to purchase an unnecessary and pricey life insurance policy.

 

Stay safe this weekend and please reach out to us if needed. As always, we are available 24/7/365 at 888.966.GUARD (4827) and at memberservices@guardwellid.com. And, if you have any great grilling ideas of your own, please share them in the comments below.

 

Cybercrime Dark Web Alert – Ten Company Databases Sold

Cybercrime Dark Web Alert – Ten Company Databases Sold

A hacker group known as “ShinyHunters” is selling the data of 10 companies on a dark web cybercrime marketplace. The user databases, which total 73.2 million records, allegedly stolen include the following:

 

– Online dating app Zoosk (30 million user records)

– Printing service Chatbooks (15 million user records)

– South Korean fashion platform StyleShare (6 million user records)

– Food delivery service Home Chef (8 million user records)

– Online marketplace Minted (5 million user records)

– Online newspaper Chronicle of Higher Education (3 million user records)

– South Korean furniture magazine GGuMim (2 million user records)

– Health magazine Mindful (2 million user records)

– Indonesia online store Bhinneka (1.2 million user records)

– US newspaper StarTribune (1 million user records)

 

If you have accounts with the listed companies, please contact us immediately. We are available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 888.966.4827 (GUARD) and memberservices@guardwellid.com.