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Protecting yourself against cyber breaches

Earlier this year, the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) hosted a presentation on trends in Cyber Crime. Throughout 2016, the trends presented have continued and expanded. As Yahoo has recently experienced with the data breach of a billion customer accounts, cyber criminals continue to take advantage of every weakness.

What was stolen from the Yahoo Accounts? Usernames, email addresses, passwords, telephone numbers, birthdays (this is scary), security questions and answers (this is really scary!)

Security professionals have the following recommendations:

  1. Change your Yahoo account password.
  2. Change the password for any other online account you have that is tied to your yahoo email address.
  3. Wherever possible, change security questions and answers with other institutions you have that are common to what you have stored at Yahoo.  Those security questions are potentially compromised.
  4. Change the passwords for any other online accounts you have that use your Yahoo email address. Note: you should avoid using a password in more than one place. Password manager software like LastPass® will help you to manager your passwords.
  5. Be vigilant when receiving and trusting email from Yahoo accounts for the foreseeable future. Avoid clicking on links or assuming an email is safe, even when it seems to come from someone you know.

Title agents take note – it’s no longer “e-closing or bust” to improve the consumer experience

Industries from music to telecommunications have been completely revolutionized by innovative new advancements in technology. Consumers can now buy almost anything online – from cookies to cars. Information is available on-demand via search and our colleagues, friends and family are just an email or text away. But what about the start-to-finish homebuying process?

– By Marvin Stone, SVP Business Integration/CFPB Program Manager at Stewart

Read more at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/title-agents-take-note-its-longer-e-closing-bust-improve-marvin-stone?trk=prof-post.

Businesses continue to choose Central Texas to protect their most critical IT assets

Austin and Central Texas are located in one of the nation’s lowest risk areas for natural disasters which attracts data centers and disaster recovery sites for large companies. According to www.TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com, Texas is a leading location for data centers due to affordable real estate, low incidence of natural disasters, available skilled workforce, bandwidth availability, competitive electricity rates and tailored tax incentives. Many do not think of Austin as a data center location, but all of the conditions are right for companies to look to Austin for their facilities. Austin has not only a safe location, but they also have the technology talent pool to staff new data center sites, an affordable housing market and reasonable cost of living, along with a laid back hill country lifestyle. Continue reading

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