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  • How This Federal Data Breach Law Could Actually Hurt Consumers

    Column Data Security Blog 

    With each passing brand name mega-breach—Home Depot, Target, JPMorgan Chase, Anthem—it becomes ever more urgent for government and industry to get on the same page about how to protect consumers. Sadly, not all laws are created equal, and there are few better examples of this homespun truth than a would-be federal law currently wending its way through Congress. And not to put too fine a point on it, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act […]

  • Identity Theft Victim Spends 32 Days in Jail

    Identity Theft 

    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 […]

  • Personal Loan

    BSA Offers Up to $1 Million to Bust Software Pirates

    Technology 

    When you were a kid, you may have heard that nobody likes a tattletale. That isn’t true. BSA The Software Alliance loves tattletales. If you report software piracy to BSA and your information directly results in a legal settlement between the alliance and the offending party, you can get a significant cut of that settlement. BSA advocates for the software industry, and some of its members include tech giants like Adobe, Apple and Microsoft. It […]

  • Marc Weber Tobias and Adam Levin on Identity Theft

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Security experts Marc Weber Tobias and Adam Levin discussed the recent trends in identity theft, and the threat it poses to consumers. To read the article on Forbes.com, click here, or click the video above to see the full interview.    

  • (Video) Identity Theft: The Latest Ways to Protect Yourself

    Video Identity Theft 

    Adam Levin spoke with MoneyTalksNews.com about the three certainties in life: death, taxes, and data breaches leading to identity theft. In 2013 alone, 290,000 Americans filed identity theft complaints with the FTC. According to Levin, “At some point, every business will be breached, and every consumer will become a victim of some form of identity theft.”

  • The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

    Column Blog 

    Take your driver’s license out of your wallet. Flip it over. Now look carefully at the back of it. There’s no box to check for “Identity Donor.” Yet when it comes to identity-related crimes, one of the greatest times of vulnerability is immediately after you die. You can do everything right. You can use long and strong passwords and account-unique user names. You can check your financial accounts and monitor your credit on a regular […]

  • The Top States for Identity Theft

    Identity Theft 

    Consumers filed nearly 2.6 million complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and other consumer groups in 2014, and identity theft was the most common kind, making up 13% of complaints, according to the annual Consumer Sentinel Network report. Identity theft is a national issue — the 332,646 identity theft complaints made 2014 the year with the second-most complaints of that kind in 14 years (there were 369,143 in 2012) — but the crime has hot […]

  • 5 Myths About Women & Money

    Financial Literacy 

    With only 23% of Certified Financial Planners being women, you might think the fairer sex isn’t all that interested in money matters. You’d be wrong. The idea that women either aren’t interested in or capable of managing money is a myth that seems to bubble under the surface of our consciousness. The politically correct don’t want to say it out loud, but it’s there. It’s a bit like when Barbie blurted out that math class is tough! […]

  • Cyber thief

    Healthcare, banking companies issue easily spoofed emails

    Data Security health care 

    Emails purportedly sent by health insurance companies and large banks are more likely to be fraudulent than those claiming to be from social media companies, a new research study reveals. An email that appears to come from a health insurance company is four times more likely to be fraudulent—or two times more likely from a large U.S. bank—than an email ostensibly from a social media company like Facebook, according to Agari’s 2015 study. Agari, which […]

  • Do Genetics Influence Your Credit Score?

    Financial Literacy credit 

    There is the standard list of factors that influence your credit score: payment history, outstanding balances, the types of credit that you use and so on. But what you probably don’t realize is that your genes may also play an important role. Yes, your biological wiring might make you more likely to be more risk-seeking and take on more debt, which could lead to a lower FICO score. I came across this intriguing discovery while […]

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