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Keeping Your Privacy on Facebook

​By now, you’ve seen the news stories about Cambridge Analytica (CA), a British research firm that harvested information from the Facebook accounts of millions of Americans with the intent to…

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Freedom and Responsibility: Mobile Device Safety for Kids
April 20, 2018

​Mobile devices have become an everyday part of family life: 77 percent of teens and 56 percent of kids 8 through 11 now own cell phones. While smartphones are great for coordinating after school pick-ups, chatting, gaming with friends, or even…

​Mobile devices have become an everyday part of family life: 77 percent of teens and 56 percent of kids 8 through 11 now own cell phones. While smartphones are great for coordinating after school pick-ups, chatting, gaming with friends, or even…

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Home Insecurity: Protect Yourself Against Mortgage Closing Fraud
April 16, 2018

​Buying property is always stressful, but imagine if you found the perfect home, made it to closing, and wired a large chunk of your life savings only to find that they had disappeared forever into the pocket of a thief. That’s what happened to…

​Buying property is always stressful, but imagine if you found the perfect home, made it to closing, and wired a large chunk of your life savings only to find that they had disappeared forever into the pocket of a thief. That’s what happened to…

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Protecting Children from Familiar Fraud
April 13, 2018

​Familiar fraud, identity theft by someone who knows the victim, is despicable. Familiar fraud against children is even worse, and it’s all too common. A Carnegie Mellon study found that of 40,000 children in their survey population, more than…

​Familiar fraud, identity theft by someone who knows the victim, is despicable. Familiar fraud against children is even worse, and it’s all too common. A Carnegie Mellon study found that of 40,000 children in their survey population, more than…

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Privacy vs. the Internet
April 09, 2018

​Hard on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal comes the news that Facebook has been recording some users’ mobile phone call logs for years. While many Facebook users are understandably upset about these privacy intrusions, the truth is…

​Hard on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal comes the news that Facebook has been recording some users’ mobile phone call logs for years. While many Facebook users are understandably upset about these privacy intrusions, the truth is…

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Teaching Kids to Download (or Not Download) Safely
April 02, 2018

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing…

Several months ago, researchers discovered dozens of malware-infected game apps on the Google Play store. The games were targeted at children, and the malware in them displayed advertisements for porn and tried to trick the users into installing…

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Protecting Your Identity During a Break Up
March 26, 2018

​In recent articles, we’ve talked about familiar fraud and the risks of identity theft after a separation or divorce. However, you don’t need to have tied the knot to be at risk. Romantic partners can also steal your identity when a…

​In recent articles, we’ve talked about familiar fraud and the risks of identity theft after a separation or divorce. However, you don’t need to have tied the knot to be at risk. Romantic partners can also steal your identity when a…

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How to Choose Between Credit Freezes and Credit Locks
March 23, 2018

​Since the Equifax data breach last fall, Americans have become more familiar with credit freezes and fraud alerts than they ever wanted to be. Now, to add to the confusion, the three major credit bureaus are pushing yet another credit report…

​Since the Equifax data breach last fall, Americans have become more familiar with credit freezes and fraud alerts than they ever wanted to be. Now, to add to the confusion, the three major credit bureaus are pushing yet another credit report…

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How to Prevent Eavesdropping by Mobile Apps
March 19, 2018

​“This app requires permission to access your camera and microphone.” ​We’ve all seen this message pop up on our smart devices. Apps can do some pretty cool things for us with the sights and sounds they gather, but the same information…

​“This app requires permission to access your camera and microphone.” ​We’ve all seen this message pop up on our smart devices. Apps can do some pretty cool things for us with the sights and sounds they gather, but the same information…

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Don’t Let Natural Disasters Become an Identity Theft Catastrophe
March 12, 2018

​No matter where you live, disaster can strike anytime, whether it’s a major storm, fire, or flood, or a calamity such as a house fire or broken pipes that force you out of your home for a time. When you’re dealing with an emergency, the last…

​No matter where you live, disaster can strike anytime, whether it’s a major storm, fire, or flood, or a calamity such as a house fire or broken pipes that force you out of your home for a time. When you’re dealing with an emergency, the last…

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How to Help Kids Surf the Internet Safely
March 05, 2018

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are…

​This generation is a digital one: a recent Nielsen study shows that over 75% of kids are on a mobile plan by the time they’re 12 years old, and most of those plans include text messaging and data. Another study found that kids under 9 are…

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