If you think your dealership is immune from the data breaches plaguing other businesses, think again. There have been several examples of dealers being targeted by hackers including a Mercedes-Benz dealership in California, Ford/Toyota dealerships in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and a Toyota/Scion dealer in Georgia. Each of these dealers experienced both reputational and … [Read more...] about Six Steps to Prevent a Data Breach
Recently, the New York Times reported that a crime ring in Russia has “amassed the largest known collection of internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.” The newspaper quoted data security expert Alex Holden, founder of Hold Security, as warning that hackers “targeted any website they could get, … [Read more...] about Data Breaches: Why Dealers Should Be Concerned
In May of 2009 there was an article in the Katy Times about the Harris County Sheriff’s Office looking for two individuals who had defrauded several Houston area car dealerships of nearly $750,000. The two gentlemen in question were obtaining employment at various automobile dealerships in order to obtain customer information. With the information, they financed numerous … [Read more...] about Why Run A Background Check?
We have all seen the commercials about identity theft: The ones with the guy that uses someone else’s credit card to go on lavish vacations or buy expensive jewelry. While the commercials may be funny, the situation is serious. The fact is identity theft is the fastest growing and most expensive crime today. For the record, identity theft is not just credit cards or … [Read more...] about Avoid Identity Theft in Your Service Drive