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CapitalOne breach: how to protect yourself

A massive data breach hit Capital One. Digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson shares the most essential steps consumers can take to keep themselves safer.

On Monday, it was announced that a data breach of Capital One compromised the personal information of approximately 100 million consumers in the United States and 6 million consumers in Canada. It is said to be one of the top 10 largest data breaches ever.

The bank announced that in addition to the credit card application data, portions of credit card customer data were also obtained, including credit scores, limits, balances, payment history, transaction data, and contact information. Stolen data also included 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 linked bank account numbers.

What to do if your account gets compromised

NordVPN’s digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson shares the most essential steps consumers can take to keep themselves safer.

Get back into your account

The first important step is to log into your online account and change the password immediately. Go through the privacy settings and check if you can make your account more secure. Invoke all recommended security settings.

It is as well advised to sign up for email or text alerts about your monetary transactions.

Freeze your credit

The best way to protect yourself is to freeze your credit. This makes it very difficult to open new accounts in your name, even if someone is using your stolen financial information. It is important to note, that credit freeze doesn’t influence your score.

With credit freeze invoked – most creditors will decline to open a new account as they will not be able to check your credit history.

Place a fraud alert and check credit reports

If freezing your credit is not an option for you – contact one of the credit bureauses and invoke a fraud alert. Fraud alerts flag creditors and they verify your identity before issuing new credit in your name. Such alerts usually last for a year but can be renewed.

Capital One said that they “will make free credit monitoring and identity protection available to everyone affected.” Check for credit inquiries, balances, and new accounts that you haven’t opened or applied for.

Check credit card statements

It is very important to regularly check your credit card statements online, even if you think that your data hasn’t been affected by the breach. If you see any strange activities on your balance – try to recall whether you authorized the charge. If you can’t recall it, inform your bank and the merchant immediately.

Make sure to keep all your documentation, such as order confirmation numbers or receipts.

Beware of phishing scams

Since hackers may have detailed information on more than 100 million individuals, there might be a spike in more personalized phishing scams. Such scams are usually very effective as criminals use a piece of real information, for example, your name and address.

Personalized phishing messages are designed to look as if they are coming from a legitimate bank or other familiar organization. Be vigilant and contact the organization before clicking on any links, filling in forms or transferring funds. For additional safety, use a VPN, like NordVPN, when browsing.

Report unusual activities

And finally, if you notice something unusual – report the incident to the authorities. Raising the alarm can help not only you, but others affected by the breach as well.

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Dinner On Ice Recap

MasterChef Season 6 runner up Derrick Fox crushes the Dinner on Ice pop-up presented by Capital One with performance by US Figure Skating Triple Gold Medalist Sierra Mercier.

Guests enjoyed a skate-up oyster bar, 3-course meal and cocktails from Ammunition Wines, American Born Whiskey, Dulce Vida Tequila and Stella Rosa Prosecco.

Floral arrangements were provided by Petaloom and music by KCRW’s Dan Wilcox. Chef Derrick announced his new residency starting today at Ma’Kai Santa Monica.

Photos by Adam Episcopo

OFF THE HOOK SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Capital One Presents…

3rd Annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival Returns to the Santa Monica Pier Saturday, October 14, 2017

This Year’s Festival Benefits the Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles and is 100% Sustainable!

Featuring Seafood Tastings from the Westside’s Best Restaurants and Chefs and a Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge presented by Capital One Café and Santa Monica Seafood



OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival splashes onto the historic Santa Monica Pier in celebration of National Seafood Month on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. Presented by Capital One, the 3rd annual seafood tasting event features chefs from around the Westside showcasing their favorite underwater ingredients. Attendees will enjoy food and drink tastings from restaurants such as Herringbone, Tar & Roses, FIG, Sushi Roku and The Lobster, beer and wine gardens, live music, games, an oyster shucking competition and more, all while helping to raise funds and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles Chapter.

“Off the Hook is a great way for us to spread the word about how to help preserve and protect our great oceans,” said Surfrider Los Angeles Chapter Coordinator, Graham Hamilton. “In an effort to help build a more sustainable future, this year’s event will be free of all single-use plastic containers using all recyclable cups, straws and disposable items. We hope that all who attend this event will not only enjoy great seafood, but learn about ways to reduce their single-use plastic footprint in their everyday lives and help build a more sustainable future for ocean ecosystems.”

This year’s festival will honor those who have made an impact on the sustainable seafood movement including Greg Moreno; Owner The Albright, Pappy’s Kitchen and Cast Iron Catering. Greg and Yunnie Kim Morena and their team have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts and are recognized as the first sustainable business on the Pier being awarded the 2016 SQA Award. Actress, Environmental Activist, and Director of Surfrider LA’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program, Emily Swallow, will also be honored. Emily has worked tirelessly to curate awareness programs and get restaurants on-boarded in the process. Finally, James Arthur Smith, Co- Founder of Omega Blue Seafood a sustainable seafood import, distribution, and marketing company which promotes sustainable seafood to local restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Attendees can meet and chat with all honorees in the Community Programming tent educating the community on how to live more sustainably; sponsored by Surfrider Foundation and Omega Blue Seafood.

The Albright, will be sponsoring this year’s raw oyster bar and 2017 Oyster Shucking Competition, where professional and novice “shuckers” will compete on presentation, time and overall ability. To sign up to compete, contact info@offthehookseafoodfest.com

 
Chef and Restaurateur Andrew Kirschner of Tar & Roses and Chef Yousef Ghalaini from FIG at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will be among the many restaurants participating along with The Lobster, BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Red O, Butchers Daughter, 1212 Santa Monica, The Albright, Enterprise Fish Co, Del Frisco’s Grille, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Spinfish Poke House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Pretty Little Bakers, and many more.

Tickets are $50.00 in advance for general admission, which include tastings, access to beer and wine garden, spirits tasting, live music, games and more and VIP tickets are $75.00 in advance and include early entry at 3 p.m. and access to the Capital One Cafe Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge sponsored by Santa Monica Seafood, with curated cocktails from Kikori Whiskey and specialty seafood dishes from FIG, Tar & Roses, Red O and more.

OFF THE HOOK is proudly sponsored by Capital One, Santa Monica Seafood, Spin PR Group, Miller/Coors, La Croix, Aardvark Straws, The Albright. RX Bar, Pasta Chips, La Columbe, Free Bird Rides, Kikori Whiskey, Fresh Wata, Boxed Water, Deep Eddie Vodka, Farm Fresh to You, Lifeway, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Daily Press, LA Weekly and Yelp.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles to help preserve our local oceans, waves, and beaches for future generations. Tickets are available now at www.offthehookseafoodfest.com

 

ABOUT SURFRIDER FOUNDATION LOS ANGELES: 

The Surfrider Foundation is a volunteer based, environmental non-profit group dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches. Through a powerful activist network, the Los Angeles Chapter protects 31 miles of coastline from County Line to Ballona Creek and Inland. For more information, visit https://la.surfrider.org.

 

ABOUT CAPITAL ONE CAFÉ:

The Capital One Café offers a new type of banking in Santa Monica, CA with an inviting, comfortable place where you can go to bank, get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, or simply hang out with some on-the-house Wi-Fi, all with a handcrafted Peet’s® beverage and local pastry in hand. Capital One Café is located at 401 Broadway Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit https://www.capitalone.com/local/losangeles-santamonica.

 

 

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