Locking the Cookie Jar

How to Protect Against Embezzlement, Identity Theft, and Hackers

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Scott Alvord has provided business owners with an excellent handbook on how to avoid being a victim to embezzlers, identity thieves, and hackers. His easy-to-use hacker-proof password technique is worth the price of this book many times over. I enjoyed his humor throughout the book.” - Wendy Gerig, CEO, Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce

"The author has a very comfortable and engaging writing style. Contains very useful information and many tips on how to protect your various electronic accounts from information and identity theft. Great tips on how to create a bullet proof password and PIN. Also has many useful tips to guard against embezzlement of business and personal assets. I highly recommend this book." - R. Schmitt (Amazon 5-star Review)

"Mr. Alvord describes the ultimate formula to develop AND remember multiple passwords. Great sidebars and tips throughout for continued reference and oh yes, a bit of humor sprinkled throughout as well! Makes this book easy reading!" - Jodi Riolo (Amazon 5-star Review)

"I finished reading this over the weekend. Learning how to protect yourself against being taken advantage of is not necessarily something anyone thinks about until AFTER it happens. Identity theft, embezzlement, ransomware, etc. - it hasn't happened to me, but it HAS happened to clients and colleagues of mine, so I've seen how it can impact lives. This book opened my eyes to more of what potential problems are 'out there' - and what I can do to proactively protect myself. Some of the solutions are really targeted at business owners with employees, so may not apply to everyone. But even that might be helpful, as you may better understand why things are a certain way at work, and if there are glaringly obvious shortfalls in company procedures, you might be able to bring them up and improve the situation. Overall, a quick, easy read - but the information was definitely worth it." - Daniel Blum (Amazon 5-star Review)

"Locking the Cookie Jar is a must read for every small business owner, manager and supervisor. As a Risk Management and Identity Theft Solutions professional, I found a wealth of insights and information in this very interesting read. The author is comprehensive, systematic, practical and solutions oriented while providing an easy read. The Tips and Techniques provided will help many individuals sleep better knowing they have taken important steps to minimize risks, mitigate potential liability and protect one of their greatest assets. I highly recommend 'Locking the Cookie Jar'" - Denny Sappington (Amazon 5-star Review)

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Locking the Cookie Jar is now available in printed book format and eBook format. It's easy to get your copy right now!

The Seminar

The Locking the Cookie Jar Seminar is both interesting and highly informative. It's designed for businesses to educate teams to avoid being the weak link for hackers to access sensitive company information or damage valuable data. The seminar can be customized for teams to focus more or less on embezzlement, identity theft, how hackers do their dirty deeds, how to protect against hackers, and how to create hacker-proof passwords that can be unique for each account and can be safely written down!

Resources & Blog

The book references online resources in multiple places throughout the book. You can access all of those resources here.

Incredible Numbers


Percent of Companies are Fraud Victims

According to the latest Annual Global Fraud Survey commissioned by Kroll Inc., 81 percent of firms were victims of frauds perpetrated by insiders. The costs are too high for firms of any size to ignore the threat and not invest in more means of defending the business from the inside.


Passwords are the Weak Link!

According to IT World Canada, "Just over 60% of breaches involved hacking, but that's not the big news:
81% per cent of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords."


Average Loss per Company


According to the ACFE, the median loss caused by fraud was $145,000, with 22% of those cases reporting losses of at least $1 million. Identity theft and cybercrime—especially credit card abuse—were among some of the most common sources of fraud in small businesses. Unfortunately, however, it’s smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees that lose a median of $155,000 compared to $120,000 for larger businesses.

About the Book

Front Cover Locking the Cookie JarLearn how to protect yourself and your business against embezzlement, identity theft, and online hackers. Learn how the bad guys do it and how to avoid being a victim. Also learn a valuable hacker-proof password technique that is unique for each account and can even be safely written down! Includes sections on Embezzlement Schemes, Hacking the Hacker’s Mind, How Hackers Obtain Your Passwords, How to Create a Hacker-proof Password, and Identity Theft. Also includes other security techniques such as hardware deterrents, PINs, transposing digits, and explains how to report possible cybercrime and internet crime. It frankly lays out how cyber criminals do it and how your employees can embezzle from your company, so make sure you know what they know so you can stop it! It has great examples and humor as it turns complex subjects into something that is easy and fun to read.

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