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Protect yourself from fraud and identity theft with the latest news, articles, and editorials from Adam K Levin.


  • Phishing

    The Most Trusted Brands Are Phishers’ Favorite LuresIdentity Theft

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    Most of us don’t think twice about opening and maintaining multiple free email accounts where we live out our digital lives. And we’re getting more and more comfortable by the day at downloading and using mobile apps. Yet those behaviors can harm us. ThirdCertainty sat down with David Duncan, chief marketing officer for threat intelligence and security company Webroot, to discuss how cybercriminals are hustling to take advantage of our love of free Web mail services and […]

  • A New Plan to Fight Child ID Theft: Automatically Freeze Kids’ CreditIdentity Theft

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    Identity thieves often target children for many reasons: First, children haven’t had a chance to damage their credit yet, so the clean slate of a child’s blank credit history can be appealing to someone who may have trashed theirs. Additionally, because kids shouldn’t have a credit history yet, few parents or guardians are checking to see if credit has been fraudulently opened in the child’s name, which allows thieves to go about their business unnoticed. […]

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    5 Little ID Theft Warning Signs You Shouldn’t IgnoreIdentity Theft

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    While you secure your identity by password-protecting your accounts and only giving your information to organizations that need it, there are still ways that identity thieves can steal your personal data. Not only can you go long periods without noticing you’ve been a victim, criminals could ring up excess charges that could damage your credit for years. Although it’s easy to think that a billing company made a mistake, you should follow up on any late payment […]

  • 5 Identity Theft Facts That Will Terrify YouColumn, Blog, Identity Theft

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    Identity theft was the number one consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission last year. So far in 2015, the data breach problem that drives so many identity-related crimes has gotten worse. The massive compromises at Anthem and Premera alone put a combined 91 million records in harm’s way. With more information “out there” than we can possibly know, identity theft has become the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. And because […]

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    Will the New Consumer Privacy Bill Protect You?Government, Consumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    Legislation that would establish new nationwide privacy protections for American consumers was introduced by a group of high-profile Democratic senators on Thursday, including Pat Leahy (Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts). The Consumer Privacy Protection Act would establish federal standards for notification of consumers when their data is lost or stolen, greatly expand the definition of private information beyond financial data, and allow existing state privacy laws to remain in force. Geolocation data and images would be […]

  • Is a Password Problem Making Credit Card Terminals Hackable?Identity Theft

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    You know how sometimes you sign up for something and you get a default password so you can access that new account? Apparently, that sort of system came under fire recently at a major cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. At RSA Conference 2015 USA, which ran April 20-24, researchers said that a major payment terminal vendor has been shipping systems with the same default password for more than 20 years, according to a report from […]

  • 3 Renter GotchasConsumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    It’s already hard enough to find an affordable home or apartment to rent (especially if you live in one of these cities). Rental prices are rising fast around the country, even in unexpected places like Kansas City and Portland. But as more people turn to online help to find a decent home, there are more scams and gotchas to worry about, too. First, let’s look at prices. Nationwide, rents are up about 3% in the […]

  • Massive Auburn Data Breach Ensnares Applicants, Students & Those Who Never Even AppliedIdentity Theft

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    Thousands of students who never even applied to Auburn University have had their personal information, including Social Security numbers, exposed due to a security flaw discovered March 2. Information about 364,012 current, former and prospective students was accessible online between Sept. 1, 2014, and March 2, 2015. “The exposure resulted from configuration issues with a new device installed to replace a broken server,” a statement on the university website reads. “After securing our server, we […]

  • Credit Card

    Switch to chip & sign credit cards still leaves users exposedcredit, Identity Theft

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    The way Americans spend money is on the verge of its biggest change in decades, but the drumbeat of doubters continues to get louder. New chip-enabled credit cards are slowly getting into consumers’ hands in advance of a looming deadline later this year. But a Walmart executive recently told CNN that U.S. chip cards are a “joke,” and a new report examining other countries’ changeovers suggests criminals around the globe merely switched tactics and kept […]

  • Identity Theft Victim Spends 32 Days in JailIdentity Theft

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    A Georgia man says he spent 32 days in a Missouri jail for crimes a former roommate committed. It was a case of identity theft, James Molden told a local news reporter, saying the ex-roommate used Molden’s Social Security number and photo ID to open several bank accounts and take out an auto loan in Molden’s name. Molden said he filed a police report in Georgia, but when the thief failed to make payments on […]

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