November is Colorado Consumer Protection Month! What is that you ask? Colorado Consumer Protection Month is a statewide initiative to increase public knowledge of consumer fraud issues, including raising awareness of current scams and financial abuses affecting Coloradans.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 a.m. That means we will turn our clocks back one hour - and gain an hour of sleep! The semi-annual time change is also a great opportunity for valuable preparedness steps focused on checking your emergency preparedness supplies or stocks.
Change Your Clock, Check Your Stocks
As you prepare to change your clock, it's time to check the stock in your emergency preparedness kit for items that may be missing or expired. If you don't have a preparedness kit, you can create one that includes:
The essential systems that support our daily lives - such as electricity, financial institutions and transportation - are all dependent upon the internet. Building resilience in critical infrastructure is crucial to our national security. This last week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) will look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines and other critical infrastructure secure.
According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today's students graduate ready to enter the workforce to fill the vast number of available cybersecurity positions. Week four of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) focuses on encouraging students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers.
(Family Features) The same temperature you can begin to see your breath - 45 F - is also when the all-season tires on your car can start to lose traction and grip.
(StatePoint) Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery.
The experts at Freddie Mac offer the following tips for getting organized and prepared for the unexpected.
Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft
(Family Features) Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.
A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person's Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been receiving reports of phone calls from a person posing as a CBI agent who demands payment of fines to avoid arrest.
The scammer is using the name of an actual CBI employee. The calls have occurred numerous times over recent weeks.
CBI says it would never call people threatening arrest for unpaid debts, fines, or other fees, and advises anyone who receives a similar call to hang up without responding.
Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations - large and small businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and government agencies - and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, this week highlights how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week also looks at resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the