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5 Tricks to Make Your Identity Portfolio More Secure

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I’ve written extensively about the importance of building a credit portfolio. Credit equals buying power, which, when used wisely, can lead to increased net worth. Put simply, bad credit means fewer consumer choices and a staggering number of lost opportunities in the way of deals, car-factory incentives and other credit-based transactions. No matter the purchase type, the lowest interest rates and the biggest loans go to those with the strongest credit portfolios. You can read […]

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    Ransomware plot line: Netflix hackers follow script that leads to moneyCybersecurity, Identity Theft

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    TV show leak is good reminder for everyone to put their digital lives in order The premature release of the new season of “Orange is the New Black” by hackers is no big deal. Really. You can see why producers made the calculation that stopping the “hack” was not even worth the alleged $66,000 or so the hackers demanded as “ransom,” according to TorrentFreak. Why? Online show fans are very familiar with the restraint required […]

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    Is It Time to Buy a Biometric Scanner?Data Security, Identity Theft

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    Identity theft is still out there, keeping pace with the latest innovations and security measures, and snaring new victims every day. With the advent of cheaper, standalone, easy-to-integrate biometric technology for authentication, is it time to buy a fingerprint scanner? What’s a Biometric Scanner? Biometric technology uses physical or biological information, like a fingerprint, retinal scan or heartbeat, to authenticate a person’s identity. You can currently purchase the most commonplace biometric scanner — that is, […]

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    Tax-fraud scams don’t end with tax-filing seasonPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

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    Many businesses and consumers are on high alert for tax-fraud scams during the first quarter of the year. But the exposure doesn’t end with the tax-filing season. Especially since criminals can monetize the same data year-round. “W-2 data is the holy grail because you can’t reset it, like a password,” says Michael Marriott, a research analyst with Digital Shadows, a digital-risk management company. “PII (personally identifiable information) is always going to be attractive—it doesn’t matter […]

  • Get Ready For the Medical ID Fraud Crisishealth care, Identity Theft

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    It is a documented fact that unscrupulous healthcare professionals – and dishonest patients – file more than $77 billion worth of fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims on an annual basis. Meanwhile, cyber criminals have been busy the past two years pilfering medical ID data for tens of millions of citizens, as well as business records from hundreds, if not thousands, of healthcare service providers and insurers. These two malevolent forces are on a collision course. […]

  • Saks Fifth Avenue confirms data of high-net-worth individuals was exposed onlineData Security, Identity Theft

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    Here’s yet another reminder that you should always have some “burner” email address accounts handy for interactions with e-commerce websites. I’ve confirmed that shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue who had asked the firm for notifications when sold-out items were available had their personal information exposed by the firm. Some 80,000 email addresses and/or phone numbers were exposed, along with other personal nuggets—hints at where the victims worked, and what items they ordered, for example. The […]

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    How to Enjoy Your Vacation Without Getting ScammedConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    Spring has begun, which means open season on travelers who aren’t well-versed in the various scams waiting for them on the seamier side of paradise. While the scams abound, being forewarned is forearmed. Here are some typical scams that can ruin your vacation, drawn from my book Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Filled with Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves. 1. Asocial Media? One seldom publicized use of social media (at least in […]

  • My Friend Cayla, similar toys may not be your child’s best friendIdentity Theft, Technology

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    Germany has taken steps to allay concerns about how the “Internet of Toys” could put children in harm’s way. This past December, consumer groups concerned with child safety petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to look into a hot new doll, named My Friend Cayla, and its counterpart marketed to boys, i-Que Intelligent Robot. Privacy advocates expressed concern about the dolls’ capacity to spy on children. And now German authorities have banned these two internet-connected toys […]

  • The Latest Way Fraudsters Are Abusing Personal InformationIdentity Theft

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    According to a 2016 report from the security firm ThreatMetrix, identity thieves are working a new seam in the identity theft gold mine: online lending. There is an increase in attacks against providers of alternative lending products. The reason online lenders have attracted this unwanted attention has to do with the niche they occupy. First, they typically offer smaller loans in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. They differentiate themselves in a crowded market by providing […]

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    How to Make Sure Someone Doesn’t Steal Your Tax RefundPersonal Finance, Identity Theft

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    Americans taxpayers are too lax about identity theft, according to CyberScout. A survey conducted by the data security and identity protection firm found more than half of Americans aren’t worried about tax fraud, despite federal reports showing identity thieves filed 787,000 fraudulent returns in 2016, which adds up to more than $4 billion in fraud. The survey also found that only 35% of taxpayers ask their preparers to use two-factor authentication (which is stronger than […]

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