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  • Summer vacation

    How Staying Off Social Media Can Keep You Safer & Happier This SummerSocial Media, Lifehacking

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    Let’s face it, there’s no bigger downer than working all day and coming home to images of other people’s awesome vacations — that is, nothing except maybe coming home to find out you’ve been robbed or had your identity stolen. According the Pew Research Center, 65% of adults use social media, and among people aged 18 to 29, the percentage skyrockets to more than 90% of the population. For a family with kids, a staggering […]

  • How to Protect Your Identity While You’re Out of TownIdentity Theft

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    hile it’s important to do everything you can to protect yourself from identity-related crime when you’re traveling, it’s equally important to do everything you can to protect your home and the breadcrumbs of your identity that you leave behind. Every possible kind of identity-related crime exists in a dormant state in your home. In more forms and places and files than you can possibly remember, sensitive personal information stays behind, and only you can protect […]

  • Password

    7 Steps to Safer Passwords for All Your Online AccountsPersonal Finance

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    Some passwords are funny. Some are pretty weird. Some can be a math problem. Many can be laughably easy to hack (I give you “dadada, ”“qwerty,” “password” and”123qwe” to name a few.) — or very tricky. But one thing is for sure, they are never really 100% hack proof. Earlier this month, news broke that a significant number of Twitter passwords had been compromised and were being offered to anyone willing to fork over 10 […]

  • Identity theft

    A Scheme You’ve Never Heard of Might Ruin Your SummerIdentity Theft

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    Legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Never were truer words spoken when it comes to protecting your identity. When it comes to synthetic identity theft, you have to be extra vigilant. Synthetic identity theft is committed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple (changing a […]

  • moving

    Moving: A Dangerous Time for Your IdentityConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    Summertime offers an endless list of ways you can take it easy, unless it’s doesn’t. It’s also moving time. Whether we’re talking about college kids coming home for a few months or simple relocation, there’s nothing relaxing about a move — or simple. Get it wrong, and you become vulnerable to identity theft and other forms of fraud. For most people, moving is sufficiently stressful, without any complications or threats of crime, but what most […]

  • Could Your Campaign Contribution Expose You to Identity Theft?Politics, Identity Theft

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    Over the past few years, we’ve experienced more ginormous data breaches than any of us can, or would even care to, remember. Against this backdrop, reflect upon the fact that political campaigns know as much, if not more, than advertisers about us — what inspires us and what will move us to vote. The Wild West Consider the various kinds of information a campaign crunches to determine who might be persuaded into voting for their […]

  • Scams

    6 Scams to Watch Out for This SummerPersonal Finance

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    Summer will be here before you know it, and with it come new and old scams. As you consider possible escapes — travel to exotic places; trips to the beach, the mountains or the golf course; a staycation to get much needed work done around your house — bear in mind that these diversions provide the perfect opportunity for con artists and identity thieves just waiting to insinuate themselves into your life, becoming the sand […]

  • How the Government Is Doing a Terrible Job Protecting Your Social Security NumberColumn, Data Security, Blog

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    The Social Security Administration sent 352 million notices by snail mail in 2015. With volume like that — much of it containing valuable fraud-enabled information — you’d think the SSA would have a great system for protecting sensitive personally identifiable information from the constant threat of identity-related crime. Think again. Recently, the Office of the Inspector General of the SSA published a report entitled “Social Security Administration Correspondence Containing Full Social Security Numbers.” While it […]

  • Tax fraud

    Why the IRS Needs to Stop Letting Taxpayers Use Stolen Social Security NumbersPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

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    While you’d never know it if you listen to politicians on the right and left argue, there are some truths out there, things that don’t yield to debate. I’m talking basics, like it’s easier to walk through an open door, and the Internal Revenue Service shouldn’t be in the business of providing open doors to pervasive forms of fraud. Are you rolling your eyes? Well, it’s happening once again at everyone’s favorite punching bag, the […]

  • The Real Tax Nightmare May Be on the WayColumn, Blog

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    Tax Day has come and gone. You pulled together the myriad facts and figures that determine what you owe, or the size of your refund. And now you’re waiting for your checks to arrive — or, if you are the nervous, slightly paranoid, type like me, you may be worried about an audit or some other correspondence indicating that you’ve got work to do. While potentially daunting, it’s unlikely an audit or legal notice awaits […]

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