Archive May 2023

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Houston Sees Remarkable Decline in Catalytic Converter Thefts

Houston residents can finally breathe a sigh of relief as catalytic converter thefts, which experienced a troubling surge in the past year, are now experiencing a remarkable decline. Thanks to the implementation of new ordinances by the city and shifts in the market, car owners are witnessing a substantial decrease in theft incidents. In this blog post, we explore the latest data, highlight the contributing factors behind this positive trend, and celebrate the impact of these measures on the community.


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Shocking Dallas Ransomware Attack Threatens to Expose Confidential Data

The city of Dallas recently found itself in the clutches of a malicious ransomware attack that not only disrupted crucial systems but also posed a grave risk of exposing confidential data. This alarming incident underscores the rising threat of cyberattacks targeting vulnerable institutions and the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures. Here, we delve into the details of the Dallas ransomware attack, its implications, and the importance of safeguarding sensitive information in today's digital landscape.


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Texas Legislature Eliminates Temporary Tags

As the last day of the legislative session, Sine Die has now occurred, but TIADA still has much work to do with the passed laws. Several significant pieces of legislation were passed related to the automobile industry, and state inspections and paper tags will soon be a thing of the past. Also, all dealers must start using WebDEALER.


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San Antonio Catalytic Converter Theft Foiled by Gunfire: Alleged Thief Shot in Leg

As most of you already know, catalytic converter theft has become a prevalent issue in many parts of the world, including across Texas. The issue has become a major problem for automobile owners and especially for dealers. In recent news, an alleged thief attempting to steal catalytic converters at a San Antonio business ended up with more than he bargained for. This incident sheds light on the risks involved in this illegal activity and the consequences it can have. In this article, we will explore the details of the incident and discuss the broader implications of catalytic converter theft.


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House Bill Could Mandate All Dealers Use webDEALER

The House has passed HB 3861, and now it is in the Senate. If it passes the Senate, every dealer will be required to use webDEALER to process most title applications. webDEALER allows a local tax office to complete paperwork in less time. As such, HB3861 is supported by most county Tax Assessors.


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Phishing Attacks On the Rise Again: Protect Your Business

Phishing scams are in the news again, with urgent emails targeting businesses and consumers to act quickly to avoid disruptions to their financial services. According to the FTC, "Most unexpected emails saying to act quickly, click a link, or call a number are phishing scams. They may look like they come from companies you know, but they’re from scammers who want you to think the message is real."

Phishing is when attackers send fraudulent emails to try and trick the recipient into revealing sensitive information. It is also something of which you and every member of your staff should beware. Scammers will use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your information, your customers' information, or your business's personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could access your email, bank, or other accounts. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they're often successful. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center reported the loss of over $50 million annually to phishing schemes. Scammers will often update their tactics.


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Update on the Latest Solutions to Combat Temporary Tag Fraud at the Capitol

Solutions to the temporary tag issue continue to take shape at the Capitol. Recently, TIADA reported on the conversation ongoing at the Capitol in which some people are proposing to eliminate paper tags altogether. On May 2, the bill to eliminate paper tags passed the House and will become law if it passes the Senate and is signed by Governor Greg Abbott. The response to that article was overwhelming, so we are doing this follow-up article to provide some more information as discussions progress.


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