Saturday, June 13, 2015

Start Thinking For Yourself, The Government and Others Could Care Less About YOU!

Start Thinking For Yourself, The Government 
and Others Could Care Less About YOU!
by Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO CommSmart Global Group of Companies

Any hack and subsequent theft of information is disastrous, no matter who or what it is.  It is an invasion of privacy and those that are doing this, are selling the information and yet again proving that your personal information is more value than any other of your possessions.

The Internet is not a safe and friendly place at all!  Anyone can write and post anything about anybody, whether true or downright lies.  It is posted for all to see and it cannot be removed, like Herpes, it is forever!  The fact is the US Constitution which allows Freedom of Speech has cause heartache to so many, and I know that personally.

Hacking though, is a crime and the culprits are worldwide and in some cases, extremely young.  

We have posted with this Blog, the letter that the US Government has sent to every single employee who has been hacked.

Points to note, they knew this happened in September 2014 and did nothing until last week.  A full 9 months later!  What were they not thinking? 

It was a contractor who was hacked and it seems his passwords to the Federal Government were stolen and then used to infiltrate their servers and have at it.
This is the same scenario that occurred with the retailer Target, a full year earlier.  An air-conditioning contractor was hacked and passwords stolen and in the same way entered Target’s servers.

CommSmart US have for over ten years been securing all Data in Motion and we do not use just a password and nor should anyone else.  It is about 2SSL, one of the means is Device DNA, meaning it is the device that is the verification, not a password who anyone can use, anywhere on any computer.

The cost of being hacked to you, your company and family is immense and you cannot affords NOT to take precautions of your personal and corporate information. 

Do not be arrogant and say “it will never happen to me and is not my problem”! 

It will, it is not IF, it is WHEN!

Homeland Security sent this letter to all compromised employees, in fact all Federal Employees as that is how large the issue is.  If you have a federal Employee in your household, you too could be compromised as the hackers have a direct link to your household.

It is not just the fact people all about you, financial information, and access to your bank accounts, the ability to enter your social or unsocial media and directly about you, where you live and how healthy you are.  Is this making you happy?

Solutions for all are available if you will only listen to those that know what to do, how to do and have been successful in cyber protection for decades and importantly right now and in the future.  There is never 100% security, if anyone tells so, they are liars…  The need for YOU to protect your personal and corporate data has never been more important.

That is our business and our clients know this first hand, they have never been compromised and left out to dry.

June 9, 2015
Dear xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx,
We are writing to inform you that your personal information processed by KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc. ("KeyPoint"), a private contractor used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct pre-employment credit checks, may have been compromised. This potential compromise occurred as a result of an intrusion of the contractor's computer systems that was initially discovered in September 2014.
In response, DHS immediately stopped the flow of information to the contractor and activity that the company was performing until we ensured that additional safeguards were put in place. The contractor has since implemented the required safeguards requested by DHS to prevent future incidents of this nature.
While we are not aware of any misuse of your information, some sensitive personal information, including your name, Social Security number, date of birth, and credit report, may have been compromised. Therefore, we want to inform you of the incident and encourage you to take the actions described below, including taking advantage of complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services that we are providing at no cost to you.
The following identity protection services start on the date of this notice and you can use them at any time during the next 18 months:
AllClear SECURE: The team at AllClear ID is ready and standing by if you need help protecting your identity. You are automatically eligible to use this service — there is no action required on your part. If a problem arises, simply call 1-855-861-4035 and a dedicated investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore your credit and make sure your identity is returned to its proper condition. AllClear ID maintains an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau.
AllClear PRO: This service offers additional layers of protection including credit monitoring and a $1 million identity theft insurance policy. To use the PRO service, you will need to
provide your personal information to Al1Clear ID.  You may sign up online at or by phone by calling 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx using the following redemption code: xxxxxx.  
Additional steps may be required by you in order to activate your phone alerts.  

Please note that this credit monitoring offer only applies to the addressee of this letter and is not available to anyone other than the individuals who receive this notification. Additionally, if you are a current federal employee or contractor, we encourage you to contact your security office if you become aware of any contacts or other activity that could raise security concerns. 

We regret that this incident has occurred. Please be assured that DHS remains deeply committed to protecting the privacy and security of information and has taken appropriate actions to respond to this intrusion. Please note that DHS will not contact you to confirm any personally identifiable information. If you are contacted by anyone purporting to represent DHS and asking you for your personal information, do not provide it. 

For more information, please visit
Catherine V. Emerson

Chief Human Capital Officer



TELEPHONE: +1 (614) 655-1247


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Psst... The Word on the Street...

Psst... The Word On The Street…
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
CommSmart Global Group of Companies.

I know, we all hate chores, but I have one for you.  Something that will blow your mind as you are relaxingly allowing the world to drift by.

As you sit in a cafĂ©, restaurant or bar, listening to the chatter around you.  Do not make it obvious that you are eavesdropping or suddenly join in their conversation, just listen.  Hear what they are discussing and obtain a general pattern of the conversation, the key words, so to speak.

It will astound you what people are discussing and their real down to earth opinions on a myriad of subjects.  The concerns they have and how they going to change the world or deal with a family issue.  Be careful, I do not want to hear that someone got annoyed with you for listening in to their deepest secrets!

There is a theme of conversation on the weekends that very different from the middle of the week.  See if you can connect the dots and understand.

Those of us that have that lunch in the restaurant around the corner, grab a sandwich and sit out on a summer's day, discussing all sorts of subjects, including business, family and friends.  In fact, we have strong opinions on many a subject that should never be discussed in the open market of life.

Your sex life and business ventures are no one else's business, yet there are those that are listening to the Atmospherics of Chatter and honing in on one's of interest that have a monetary value.  

Yes, professional eavesdroppers who listen, collect and sell to the highest bidder.

Business is business and your business has no place in someone else's hands or ears.  Information has a value and in today's anti-social atmosphere, prying human ears using today's technology have access to it all.

It was during WWII that the phrase, "Loose Lips, Sink Ships" was coined, it is relevant even more today.  Corporate secrets new designs, launch dates, out sourced manufacturers, costs, new hires, pricing and innovations yet to be brought to market are out in the Atmosphere, by plucked, shared and sold each and everyday!   

Oh, the napkin you scribbled your notes on, do not leave it on the table or throw it in the bin as you leave, take it with you, even a crumpled napkin is worth a fortune.

Understand, the WORD ON THE STREET…

P.S.  Shut up and listen, keep your private world, private...

WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

CommSmart Global Group of Companies

Call: +1 (614) 655-1247

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