The Biondo Group, LLC and our affiliates Biondo Investment Advisors, LLC and Biondo Wealth Services, LLC maintain a formal and comprehensive security program focusing on the protection of client, firm and employee confidential information.
Keeping your information secure from criminals is a top priority for our firm and we take clear and actionable steps in our security measures. Unfortunately, cyber fraud continues to escalate, is ever changing, and continues to become more sophisticated.
We encourage you to embrace measures to help protect your identity and mitigate potential security risks. To support your efforts, we’ve added resources to this page for your information and use. We ask that you notify us if you change your address or telephone number. If you suspect your email or your account has been compromised, please call us immediately.
We will continue to add resources to this page for you. Never hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about how we protect your accounts or the steps you and your family can take to better protect yourselves.
Identity Theft – What to do RIGHT AWAY!
The Federal Trade Commission (the ‘FTC’) advises the following steps should be taken immediately upon discovering you have fallen victim to identity theft.
- Call the companies where you know fraud occurred
- Place a fraud alert and get your credit reports
- Report identity theft to the FTC @ identitytheft.gov
- You may choose to file a report with your local police department
Source: Federal Trade Commission
IC3 Issues Alert on HTTPS Phishing
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) phishing—a scheme which lures email recipients into visiting malicious websites that look legitimate and secure.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alert and the CISA Tip below on (Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks). If you believe you are a victim of cybercrime, file a complaint with IC3 at www.ic3.gov.
Visit our U.S. Department of Homeland Security Library – Security Tips & Articles
- Securing the Internet of Things
- Using Caution with Email Attachments
- Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
- Cybersecurity for Electronic Devices
- Shopping Safely Online
- Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices
Additional Resources (these will open in a new tab or window):
Focus on Ransomware – very thorough booklet with good information in a friendly format.
National Cyber Security Alliance (in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security) at StaySafeOnline.org
The following articles are from Greg Miller, our Chief Information Officer:
Helpful Links (these will open in a new tab or window):
The State of Florida has an excellent, easy to navigate site. Simple definitions with links, and includes step by step “how to’s” at: http://www.secureflorida.org/
Other states have their own cyber security sites:
New Jersey: www.nj.gov/nj/safety/internet
If your home state isn’t listed, an internet search for “(your state’s name) cyber security ” should work. Look for sites that have the name of your state and a “.gov” or “.us” extension.