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For Password Security, Longer Is Better
May 23, 2018

Remember when experts were advising us to create complex passwords that contained a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special figures like dollar signs and question marks? Well, a recent series of studies from Carnegie Mellon…

Remember when experts were advising us to create complex passwords that contained a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special figures like dollar signs and question marks? Well, a recent series of studies from Carnegie Mellon…

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Cloud Storage: Is Your Personal Information Safe?
April 23, 2018

​Over the next few years, it’s likely that more and more of your information is going to live “in the cloud” (translation: in a data center somewhere on the Internet). Between documents, music, movies, photos, and apps, most of us are…

​Over the next few years, it’s likely that more and more of your information is going to live “in the cloud” (translation: in a data center somewhere on the Internet). Between documents, music, movies, photos, and apps, most of us are…

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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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Six Tips for Choosing Safe Mobile Applications
February 19, 2018

​Whatever your interests and needs, you can bet someone has invented an app for that. Mobile applications help us stay informed, organized, healthy, and entertained. However, there are also dangerous apps that let criminals help themselves to your…

​Whatever your interests and needs, you can bet someone has invented an app for that. Mobile applications help us stay informed, organized, healthy, and entertained. However, there are also dangerous apps that let criminals help themselves to your…

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5 Reasons Why Free Credit Monitoring Isn't Enough
February 16, 2018

​After the Equifax breach, the news media (and our MyIDCare blogs) were full of advice to protect yourself from ID theft, including checking your free annual reports from the three major credit bureaus. So, you might wonder, “If I can monitor my…

​After the Equifax breach, the news media (and our MyIDCare blogs) were full of advice to protect yourself from ID theft, including checking your free annual reports from the three major credit bureaus. So, you might wonder, “If I can monitor my…

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Mobile App Permissions Protect Your Privacy
February 05, 2018

From fitness trackers to personal assistants, mobile apps make life easier, but they can also put your privacy at risk. To provide personalized services, mobile apps gather and transmit information such as your locations, behaviors, and personal…

From fitness trackers to personal assistants, mobile apps make life easier, but they can also put your privacy at risk. To provide personalized services, mobile apps gather and transmit information such as your locations, behaviors, and personal…

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How to Spot the Signs of Identity Theft
January 22, 2018

​Since last year’s Equifax data breach, Americans have become more aware of identity theft, and that’s a good thing since the chances of becoming a victim are now almost 1 in 20. But how do you know if your identity has been stolen? Here are…

​Since last year’s Equifax data breach, Americans have become more aware of identity theft, and that’s a good thing since the chances of becoming a victim are now almost 1 in 20. But how do you know if your identity has been stolen? Here are…

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What Equifax means for tax fraud
January 09, 2018

For most of us, New Year’s resolutions include goals such as starting a new exercise routine or traveling to someplace on our “bucket list.” This year, you should consider an alternative resolution: file your income taxes early. Thanks to the…

For most of us, New Year’s resolutions include goals such as starting a new exercise routine or traveling to someplace on our “bucket list.” This year, you should consider an alternative resolution: file your income taxes early. Thanks to the…

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What's in a Name?: When to Worry About Identity Theft
December 18, 2017

Sadly, identity theft has become a fact of daily life. Every time we turn on the news, we hear about breached companies, “compromised” records, and stolen personal information. But what does that all mean? What is identity theft and how do you…

Sadly, identity theft has become a fact of daily life. Every time we turn on the news, we hear about breached companies, “compromised” records, and stolen personal information. But what does that all mean? What is identity theft and how do you…

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The Safe and Sane Approach to Identity Theft
October 20, 2017

Your identity is not safe, and there is no way you can make it safe because criminals have too many ways to steal your personal information and to take advantage of it. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), by the beginning of…

Your identity is not safe, and there is no way you can make it safe because criminals have too many ways to steal your personal information and to take advantage of it. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), by the beginning of…

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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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