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  • As You (Or Your Kids) Look For That Perfect Place To Rent, Identity Thieves Are Looking At The Perfect OpportunityIdentity Theft

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    It’s that time of the year again. People are (desperately, in some cases) searching for rentals. Some have just started looking for that perfect August retreat, since they didn’t get their act together in time to snag a place in June or July. University graduates are looking for an affordable place to rent as they leave the ivory tower for the office tower. Families who waited for their kids to finish up school before searching […]

  • 13 Incredibly Careless Things That Make Your Smart Phone Dumb And Vulnerable To Identity ThievesIdentity Theft

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    Organized crime sees your smart phone as the most vulnerable entry point into our electronic financial system—an easy way not only to steal your identity but also your money. Says who? The Atlanta Fed. In a bit of classic understatement, the Atlanta Federal Reserve said recently many consumers simply don’t realize how vulnerable their Androids, iPhones and other devices can be. As the AP reported the Fed’s study showed “there are several things that can […]

  • 4 Big Problems With Social Security NumbersGovernment, Blog, Identity Theft

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    A Social Security number is like a skeleton key — able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves. It is the central piece of data needed to hijack our credit, steal our health insurance, use us as human shields and generally wreak havoc in our lives. And every day, two branches of the U.S. government — the executive and the legislative — put our identities and sometimes even our lives at risk […]

  • 9 Ways To Better Protect Your Identity When You Are Away From HomeIdentity Theft

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    I commissioned a poll last month to sample, among other things, people’s attitudes about identity theft. I was both surprised and disappointed to see that 4 of 10 people surveyed believe that the threat of identity theft is more a product of marketers selling identity monitoring and protection services than a real problem. The results in a follow up poll we took in the past two weeks are markedly different. Almost 70 percent of the […]

  • 5 Places Where You Should Never Give Your Social Security NumberBlog, Privacy, Identity Theft

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    Every time you go to a new doctor or dentist and they give you a clipboard brimming with documents to fill out and sign, notice how they always ask for your Social Security number? Do you dutifully give it up? Did you ever wonder if they really need it? I once asked a doctor why he wanted it. His response: “I don’t really know. I guess it’s because we’ve always asked for it.” (In actuality, […]

  • Consumer Reports Got It Dangerously Wrong on Identity TheftBlog, Identity Theft

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    We commissioned a national poll last month which found that nearly 40 percent of Americans believe “identity theft is not a serious problem.” In fact, they said they thought that it’s “a marketing tool or scare tactic for companies selling credit monitoring or ID theft protection.” When we saw these results, we were aghast. How is it that people really feel this way? Then I read the January issue of Consumer Reports and I had […]

  • 12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft MattersBlog, Identity Theft

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    If you still believe identity theft is a marketing gimmick, it’s time to take a look at the Federal Trade Commission report released this week. Identity theft is once again the top complaint in America, as it has been for 13 years. Identity theft complaints surged by 32 percent in 2012 to nearly 370,000, and that number is intensified by the most recent Javelin report, which puts the number of instances of identity theft at […]

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    7 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft Before Facebook Gets HackedBlog, Identity Theft

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    We’re coming up on three years since Mark Zuckerberg famously announced, “The age of privacy is over.” Some of us, however, still value our privacy. The nonstop Facebook information grabs of late, coupled with recent high-profile security breaches, point to the inevitable: a catastrophic breach at Facebook. When that happens, the most concentrated dossier about you, including all your personally identifiable information, will be in the wrong hands. Facebook’s bet has always been that you […]

  • Cybergeddon or Cybersanity? Identity Theft in 2013Blog, Identity Theft

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    In 2013, we’ll have to make a choice: Either we acknowledge we’re at war and push back hard, or we keep pretending nothing’s wrong — and pay the price. In the coming weeks, as we’ve seen every year for the past six, there will be endless reports detailing the digital dangers and identity threats lurking in every corner of our highly networked universe. But to what end? Despite considerable coverage and legislative initiatives, identity theft, […]

  • When Your Identity Is Tossed Out the Window… LiterallyData Security, Blog, Privacy, Identity Theft

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    The scene of the crime is the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year was spectacular — great entertainment with many new balloons and floats. Fall was in the air and so, too, was the confetti. This year, however, some of it was comprised of shredded confidential documents, floating to the ground, courtesy of the Nassau County Police Department. You see, the confetti strips dumped on the parade route at 65th Street and Central Park […]

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