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  • More Americans Live Under Cloud of ‘Data Uncertainty’

    Privacy 

    From government surveillance and behavior-based advertising, to social media and search-engine tracking, there are plenty of ways for Americans to lose their privacy online. With such a long trail of digital crumbs that online users leave behind, are they even worried anymore about losing privacy, or is that par for the course in the digital age? Turns out, the majority of Americans still place high value on their privacy. Yet few are confident that the […]

  • 5 Ways the IRS Scammers Could Have Stolen All Those Tax Returns

    Column Blog 

    Last week, the Internal Revenue Service revealed that a group of organized criminals effectively walked through their front door and used an application on its “Get Transcript” site to pore over the past tax returns of more than 100,000 Americans. According to several news reports, the stolen information was deployed to commit tax fraud, with an estimated take of up to $50 million in bogus tax refunds before the IRS discovered the ploy. “We’re confident […]

  • Phishing

    The Most Trusted Brands Are Phishers’ Favorite Lures

    Identity Theft 

    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 […]

  • Credit Cards

    Why Kicking Debt Collectors Off of Your Credit Report Just Got Easier

    Personal Finance 

    Deborah is trying to clean up her credit so she can purchase a home. But it’s not proving easy. In particular, three collection accounts are causing major headaches. “One has listed a collections agency no longer in service, One collection agency will not return my calls. (left messages) and one has false info on it,” she writes on the Credit.com blog. Dealing with collection accounts on your credit reports can sometimes be a long, frustrating […]

  • 5 Ways Your Email Address Can Be Used Against You

    Column Blog 

    Email addresses are like opinions—nearly everyone has one. It is the most public piece of personal information you have besides your name. But what you may not know about your email address could hurt you. Your email may not seem like personally identifiable information at first blush, and for good reason. It is a requirement of everyday life. Asked for a list of sensitive personal information, I feel pretty certain that most people wouldn’t think […]

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

    Identity Theft 

    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. […]

  • Identity theft

    5 Little ID Theft Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

    Identity Theft 

    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 You

    Column Blog Identity Theft 

    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 […]

  • Do You Really Understand Your Mortgage APR?

    Personal Finance 

    Everyone wants to know they’re getting a fair and reasonable mortgage offer. The federal government supports the annual percentage rate disclosure (APR) as the benchmark barometer of loan cost when mortgage shoppers begin their quest to find a good deal on a home loan, which is why it’s so important to understand what goes into a mortgage APR and how you can harness this knowledge to find the best loan for you. Quick APR Tidbits The […]

  • Cyber thief

    The Three Laws of Cyber Fraud in Today’s Online World

    Data Security Technology 

    One of the most popular sessions at the RSA Conference was the Cryptographers’ Panel, during which some of the founding fathers of modern cryptography discussed trends in research and cybersecurity in general. This year the panel consisted of Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, Whit Diffie and Ed Georgio (former chief codemaker and chief codebreaker at NSA). During the session Shamir referred to his three laws of computer security, which he formulated many years ago: Absolutely secure systems do not exist. To halve your […]

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