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How to Avoid Credit Card Theft while Traveling


Whether you plan to travel now or in a year, you should take steps to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud while you’re on vacation. Tourists are often victims of theft, including passport and credit card theft—both of which can compromise personal information. Thieves can gain data by physically taking belongings the old-fashioned way or by hacking into your phone or computer. By following these six tips before and after you travel, you could […]

  • Identity Theft and the New Tax BillIdentity Theft


    The 2017 filing season could be the worst yet for tax-related crime. With widespread confusion about the new tax law, IRS budget cuts, and a record-breaking year for data compromises, there’s an opening for fraud that should be serious cause for alarm, but doesn’t seem to be. The bottom line: you should be concerned. Last tax year, the IRS stopped 787,000 confirmed identity theft returns, totaling more than $4 billion. For the same nine-month period in 2015, […]

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    2018 Will Be a Cybersecurity NightmareData Security, Identity Theft


    If you think 2017 was bad, hold on for dear life because 2018 is going to be the worst yet when it comes to cyberattacks. The astounding amount of personal information “out there” coupled with criminal innovation will allow cyber incursions of unprecedented scale and sophistication. There is a confluence of intractable forces informing this prediction. First, the headline-grabbing data breaches of 2017 cap a five-year run of hackers relentlessly gutting databases containing personally identifiable information (PII). Who’s been breached? High-profile […]

  • FCC Promotes Repeal of Net Neutrality with Dead PeopleIdentity Theft


    It would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that it may be true that, in the face of bipartisan pushback, the FCC has gotten into the propaganda game. A Reddit entry sums up the issue nicely: “FCC has been using dead peoples accounts to shill for ending Net Neutrality.” The repeal of net neutrality, which happened on December 14, means that telecom companies can now charge more (in theory, whatever they like), throttle […]

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    The 12 Scams of Christmas for 2017Identity Theft


    Scammers make a killing during the holiday season. While you spend your time thinking of ways to bring holiday joy to others, they spend their time thinking up ways to steal from you. The saddest part about this is that the ghosts of Christmases past keep visiting Christmas present. With that, I give you this year’s 12 scams of Christmas. The Gift Card Scam While definitely a ghost of Christmas past, this still works so […]

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Personal Health Information SafeData Security, Privacy, Identity Theft


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 […]