September 2017 - Equifax Experiences Major Security Breach

Equifax announced yesterday that it had suffered  a security breach affecting up to 143 million Americans. The credit bureau is offering one free year of their credit monitoring program to consumers in light of this major issue. (However, it should be noted that this offer is doing little to assuage consumer concern and outrage.)

Per Equifax, to find out of your information has been exposed/affected, go to the link Click on the “Potential Impact” link at the bottom of the page. From there, click on “Check Potential Impact”. This will take you to a page where you’ll be asked to enter the last six digits of your social security number and your last name.

According to Equifax, those who follow these steps will be notified immediately that there was a breach in their personal information and enrolled in the TrustedID Premier credit monitoring program. Or – if Equifax determines no breach in a person’s information has occurred – the inquiring person will be given a date to check back on/after in order to enroll in TrustedID Premier. The enrollment period for the offer of free credit monitoring ends on Nov. 21, 2017.


August 2017 - What Can I Bring on a Domestic Flight?

Air travelers have a lot to consider these days, including enhanced safety restrictions regarding carry-on and checked baggage, but a little planning can make your trip through airport security quicker and easier.

Please note that at this time the DOT/FAA has restricted the Samsung Galaxy Note7 from both carry-on and checked luggage. This device cannot be packed or carried on your person.

At this time, other cell phones, laptops and tablets are still allowed through security in either your checked or carry-on luggage. However, extra lithium batteries are subject to restrictions when packed in checked luggage depending on the watt life of the battery (batteries over 100 watt hours cannot be placed in checked luggage, but may be carried on board).

For liquids in your carry-on luggage, continue to follow the 3-1-1 rule: You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule. The TSA has put out a handy video to discuss this issue.

All baggage restrictions for air travel are subject to change, so we urge travelers to check the TSA website’s comprehensive list of acceptable and restricted items. There are also more comprehensive rules for international travel, so please do the research regarding what customs will require of you if traveling internationally. We also recommend checking the baggage/restricted items policies of the individual carrier you’ll be flying in case those policies are more restrictive than TSA’s.

July 2017 - Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Although it’s no fun to think about, the reality is that Americans need to be aware of what steps they should take if caught in an active shooter situation.

According to the FBI, citizens should follow the RUN.HIDE.FIGHT rules:

Rule #1: If you can run, do so. Escape is the best way to promote your own survival when there is an active shooter in the area. Encourage your coworkers, fellow students, and everyone else to run also, but do not stop to argue with anyone who resists. Leave your belongings behind. Don’t waste valuable time collecting your purse, briefcase, shopping bags, coat. Once you are out of the line of fire, call 911.

Rule #2: If you can’t get out safely, look for a place to hide. If you can get behind a door and lock it, do so. If that is not an option, hide behind a large object to the best of your ability. Turn out the lights in your hiding place and silence the ringer/vibration on your phone. Most importantly, stay quiet.

Rule #3: Only as a last resort, arm yourself with a make-shift weapon and commit to disarming the shooter to the best of your ability. A chair, a fire extinguisher, desktop printers – any heavy item that can be swung can work as an improvised weapon.

The FBI has a wide variety of resources available, including threat assessment in workplaces and schools. Superior Security urges everyone to visit the FBI Active Shooter page and take advantage of their expertise and that of their partners.



June 2017 - National Safety Month

National Safety Month

June is the National Safety Council’s official “Safety Month”. Superior invites you to visit the NSC website for a comprehensive look into four safety concerns that affect modern workplaces, including falls in the workplace, fatigue, workplace violence/active shooters, and ergonomics.

You can also download the NSC’s entire National Safety Month kit, browse their list of Summer Safety topics, and peruse their list of safety topics for the home.

May 2017 - Safeguarding America's Children

Safeguarding America’s Children

If you have children, you’ve probably experienced that horrifying moment when you turn around and you can’t find your child. Those moments are thankfully rare and usually short-lived, but for some parents it’s the start of their worst nightmare: A missing child.

Superior’s free booklet, “Guarding Our Community’s Treasures” is available for you to print or save to your device. It is our privilege to provide parents, grandparents, and other caregivers with these tips and tools as a starting point for child safety.

In addition, the FBI website provides a page of resources for parents and other caregivers, with links to the Amber Alert site and to pages which help adults combat their children from cyberspace and real life crimes.

April 2017 - RFID Security Tips

RFID – To Block or Not to Block

There is a lot of talk about RFID technology, specifically the discussion of how important it is to protect the personal information in your wallet from RFID readers in the hands of criminals. Before you run out and purchase a new wallet with RFID-blocking capability, let’s discuss how much of a risk you are exposed to.

Not all credit cards with chips have RFID technology, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. Only cards you can tap or wave at a pay terminal are RFID embedded. If you have to swipe or insert your card, then you are not at risk for having that card information stolen via RFID tech.

If you have credit cards with RFID, there’s still not a huge risk that your credit card number will be compromised by someone with a RFID reader. Currently, the risk of your credit card information being stolen via RFID is less than 1%.

Four states (Vermont, Washington, New York and Michigan) are offering EDLs – Enhanced Driver’s Licenses- that are embedded with RFID, and if you’re traveling with a US Passport, your passport has RFID. (Some pet ID chips are also RFID these days.) Many metro transportation cards also have your personal information encoded via RFID.

As RFID technology expands to include more forms of ID and more credit cards, this is an issue that we predict is not going away. The risk of identity theft due to RFID is low now, but as one technology article stated, the risk is “non-zero”. If any amount of risk is too much for you, then the purchase of a RFID-blocking wallet/case could be worth the peace of mind.