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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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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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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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Protecting Your Identity in a Divorce
February 26, 2018

​Most of us know some who’s gone through an ugly separation or nasty divorce, so you may have heard about a form of familiar fraud called “revenge spending.” It’s not uncommon during a breakup for one partner to go on a spending spree,…

​Most of us know some who’s gone through an ugly separation or nasty divorce, so you may have heard about a form of familiar fraud called “revenge spending.” It’s not uncommon during a breakup for one partner to go on a spending spree,…

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MyIDCare’s Tax Season Overview
January 31, 2018

​From waiting for tax forms, gathering documentation, and making sure you don’t miss important deadlines, filing taxes can be a stressful experience for many. As if that wasn’t enough, the massive data breaches of 2017 mean that cyber…

​From waiting for tax forms, gathering documentation, and making sure you don’t miss important deadlines, filing taxes can be a stressful experience for many. As if that wasn’t enough, the massive data breaches of 2017 mean that cyber…

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All in the Family: Dealing with Familiar Fraud
January 26, 2018

In previous blogs, we’ve looked at many faces of identity theft and how it happens. But what if the face of identity theft is someone you know? Unfortunately, “familiar fraud,” identity theft committed by a someone known to the victim, is all…

In previous blogs, we’ve looked at many faces of identity theft and how it happens. But what if the face of identity theft is someone you know? Unfortunately, “familiar fraud,” identity theft committed by a someone known to the victim, is all…

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The Other Types of Identity Theft
January 19, 2018

If you regularly check your credit reports and financial statements for signs of unauthorized activity, keep up the good work! You are being vigilant and protecting yourself against the most common type of identity theft: financial identity fraud.…

If you regularly check your credit reports and financial statements for signs of unauthorized activity, keep up the good work! You are being vigilant and protecting yourself against the most common type of identity theft: financial identity fraud.…

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ID Intensive: Pain Relief for Identity Theft
January 19, 2018

Taylor* is a MyIDCare member in California. He says he “didn’t think too much about it” when he received a letter from a healthcare provider saying his personal information had been part of a data breach. But the letter offered MyIDCare…

Taylor* is a MyIDCare member in California. He says he “didn’t think too much about it” when he received a letter from a healthcare provider saying his personal information had been part of a data breach. But the letter offered MyIDCare…

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ID Intensive: Recovering an Identity and Precious Time
January 12, 2018

​Alan* is a MyIDCare member in southern California. A few times in the past, he’d gotten letters saying his personal information might have been exposed in a data breach, but this time it was the real thing. A credit card showed up in the mail…

​Alan* is a MyIDCare member in southern California. A few times in the past, he’d gotten letters saying his personal information might have been exposed in a data breach, but this time it was the real thing. A credit card showed up in the mail…

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Dollars for Data: How Criminals Make Money with Your Identity
January 12, 2018

​In previous articles, we’ve explored who commits identity theft, how your data gets stolen, and the definitions of different types of identity theft. Now we’ll look at how your personal data is turned into a tool for crime and…

​In previous articles, we’ve explored who commits identity theft, how your data gets stolen, and the definitions of different types of identity theft. Now we’ll look at how your personal data is turned into a tool for crime and…

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How is MyIDCare credit monitoring different from what my credit card already does?

What your credit card provider can’t identify is actual identity theft, in which a criminal would use your personal information to open new accounts in your name. Credit monitoring detects changes to your credit file, such as address changes, name changes or new accounts. Identity thieves go to great lengths to cover their tracks so they can use a stolen identity for as long as possible before detection. For instance, opening accounts in your name and social security number but at a new address helps to avoid discovery. This is where credit monitoring can help detect fraud in a way your credit card provider cannot.

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