Fraud Prevention for Your Hardware

  • Fraud Prevention

In new findings, criminals are using keystroke grabbers, also called keyloggers, on public computers to steal information. In one case, a man stole the information of 150 people, which included names, birth date information and social security numbers. With this type of information the criminal was able to file tax returns for many and receive their money. A keystroke grabber is a device thats inserted into a USB port and then connected to the hardware. The keystroke gabber acts as a conduit between the computer and keyboard. Not only that, but computers are blind to this hardware. You wouldnt even know its there unless you check the back of the computer. The device tracks the victims keystrokes which then provides a fraudster with account access information, passwords, and other personal information that can be utilized to verify an identity. The devices can be used anywhere and can send data wirelessly back to a remote location.

A malicious employee or even a member of the cleaning crew could use this device in corporate offices and public facilities. All a fraudster has to do is get in the door. To protect yourself and your customers, we recommend checking your hardware on a regular basis, especially if the computers are open to the public. Always scan your entire system for viruses and spyware. Never log into personal accounts, type credit card numbers or use confidential passwords on public computers.

Maintaining a fraud prevention strategy is an ongoing challenge most businesses face. Cyber attacks affect numerous industries and criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to steal consumer information. The more information sharing that can be facilitated, the more effective fraud-fighting efforts will be. Increasing your awareness of these activities and protecting your customers (as well as yourself) from identity theft should always be a top priority. Reinforce your fraud prevention strategy with education and awareness of the criminal activities that are taking place.

[Contributed by EVS Marketing]