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Did members of the royal family go under the knife at an upscale London plastic surgery clinic? A recent hack at London Bridge Plastic Surgery may reveal the answer to that—and many other questions you never thought to ask. Setting aside the obvious follow-up questions (Do you care? Is it any of your business?) and regardless of your curiosity about seeing the picture proof of royal rearrangements, you should be paying attention. The hack speaks to our […]

  • What Equifax Teaches Us About the Dangers of ‘Breach Fatigue.’Data Security, Identity Theft

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    From mid-May to July, 143 million U.S. consumers were more vulnerable to hackers than usual. Or rather, they were actively vulnerable. Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, reported that the company had suffered a massive data compromise that exposed their customers’ Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers and other sensitive personally identifiable information. In a statement, they noted that the compromise was not limited to U.S. consumers. There were some customers […]

  • How Social Media Could Kill Your CompanyCybersecurity, Identity Theft

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    Who are you? These days it depends on a number of factors, all of which a criminal can easily spoof. Where you are matters, both in terms of your geographic location and the kinds of personal information you place online. Ten years ago, many consumers would have shuddered at the idea of putting personal and career information where anyone could see it, much less preferences and opinions. Now it’s commonplace. The Internet being what it is – a decentralized network […]

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    Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?Data Security, credit, Identity Theft

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    When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced. Frankly, it seemed like a relatively cheeky move considering the staggering number of people who had just learned that they will be looking over their shoulders for a […]

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    Identity Thieves Bought a New Car in Her Name—Here’s How She’s Fighting ItIdentity Theft

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    Jen* is one of the few people that opens and reads every piece of mail they receive. It’s a quirk that has paid off: A piece of junk mail is how Jen found out someone had stolen her identity. “I opened a letter from Macy’s, which I thought was weird,” she said. “I haven’t shopped there in years. But the letter was a rejection of a credit card application.” Jen took immediate action, placing a credit […]

  • Consumers clamor for free credit freezes in wake of Equifax breachcredit, Cybersecurity, Identity Theft

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    Victims of the Equifax data hack, please sit tight. I’d hate to see people paying money for the wrong thing. That’s already happening to people like, John, in Texas, who ended up regretting his purchase of a $19.95 credit monitoring subscription. Also, I think eventually the right thing is going to happen and consumers will be able to freeze their credit reports—for free. There is, finally, momentum in that direction. If you are sure you don’t need […]

  • How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the StormSwiped, Identity Theft

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    You’ve seen the dramatic footage of rescues and calamities, shots of stranded families, pets, and wildlife—even giant carp—and you’ve probably had the same reaction many other Americans had the past few weeks: “How can I help?” There are myriad ways you can ease the suffering and hardship being experienced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but there are also a number of pitfalls to watch out for. It is quite easy to fall prey to […]

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    Steps for Protecting Your Personally Identifiable Information at HomeIdentity Theft

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    The only reason you have not yet been the victim of an identity-related crime (and that includes credit card fraud) is that no one practiced in the art has had the opportunity to separate you from your available credit, health care, or other bankable soft assets—yet. The figures on data compromises vary, but Risk Based Security estimates that just last year more than 4.2 billion sensitive records were compromised—information that opens the door to all kinds of identity-related […]

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    12 Places Your Data May Not Be Safe (And What You Can Do)Data Security, Identity Theft

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    Data compromises and the identity-related crimes that flow from them are now the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. That said, there is plenty you can do to stay as crime-proof as possible. According to Risk Based Security, more than 4.2 billion records were compromised worldwide in 2016 alone. In truth, the total number of compromised records is unknowable. Here’s what you do need to know: it is a near certainty that most, […]

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    How Tragedy & Identity Thieves Kept One Woman From a Near-Perfect Credit ScoreIdentity Theft

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    Identity theft can deal serious damage to your finances. And repairing its effects can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when it comes to repairing the damage to your credit. Just ask New Jersey resident, Erin (who asked us not to use her last name, as she was a victim of identity theft). This, plus credit problems arising from her recently deceased parents’ financially accounts, dragged her score down by nearly 50 points, keeping her from the […]

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