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2018: The Future of ID Theft
January 01, 2018

It’s the time of year for reflection. As MyIDCare is in the business of protecting your identity, we are reviewing the state of personal privacy and looking to what lies before us in 2018. As we outlined in our last article, 2017 was a banner year for identity thieves. If you made it through…

It’s the time of year for reflection. As MyIDCare is in the business of protecting your identity, we are reviewing the state of personal privacy and looking to what lies before us in 2018. As we outlined in our last article, 2017 was a banner year for identity thieves. If you made it through…

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Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself After the Equifax Data Breach
September 18, 2017

The Equifax data breach has exposed Social Security numbers (SSNs), names, birth dates, addresses, and other personal data of more than 143 million Americans. The risks of identity theft will continue for years, so you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself now and for the future. Here…

The Equifax data breach has exposed Social Security numbers (SSNs), names, birth dates, addresses, and other personal data of more than 143 million Americans. The risks of identity theft will continue for years, so you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself now and for the future. Here…

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Tips to Secure Your Personal Information
September 03, 2017

With the steady stream of news about cyber attacks and data breaches, it’s easy to forget that someone physically stealing your personal documents can cause you just as much harm. Mailbox theft, burglary, pocket-picking, or even dumpster diving can give a criminal enough information to steal your…

With the steady stream of news about cyber attacks and data breaches, it’s easy to forget that someone physically stealing your personal documents can cause you just as much harm. Mailbox theft, burglary, pocket-picking, or even dumpster diving can give a criminal enough information to steal your…

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Using Social Media Accounts for Logins
August 31, 2017

When you surf the web, you’re likely seeking information or entertainment. You don’t want to spend time setting up new accounts at one website after another, each with another password you have to keep track of. So the quicker path can be tempting when a site offers you the option of logging in…

When you surf the web, you’re likely seeking information or entertainment. You don’t want to spend time setting up new accounts at one website after another, each with another password you have to keep track of. So the quicker path can be tempting when a site offers you the option of logging in…

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The FCC, Broadband Privacy, and You
June 04, 2017

There’s been a lot of news coverage lately about the rollback of the Federal Communication Commission’s broadband privacy rules, which kept broadband providers from selling your personal information without permission. It sounds pretty serious, but what does it really mean to you? In a…

There’s been a lot of news coverage lately about the rollback of the Federal Communication Commission’s broadband privacy rules, which kept broadband providers from selling your personal information without permission. It sounds pretty serious, but what does it really mean to you? In a…

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Data Security: Back Up What You Love
March 30, 2017

Throughout our blog series on ransomware, we’ve talked about how you can avoid having to ransom your computer or data if you do regular backups of your computers. You should be doing this anyway, because backups will save everything from your financial records to your precious family memories if…

Throughout our blog series on ransomware, we’ve talked about how you can avoid having to ransom your computer or data if you do regular backups of your computers. You should be doing this anyway, because backups will save everything from your financial records to your precious family memories if…

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Online Safety for Baby Boomers
March 16, 2017

If you have elderly parents, you may be surprised to know that, according to Pew Research, Baby Boomers (people between 52 and 70 years old) spend more time online than millennials. Grandma and gramps are checking their email, watching YouTube, and surfing for vacation destinations, just like…

If you have elderly parents, you may be surprised to know that, according to Pew Research, Baby Boomers (people between 52 and 70 years old) spend more time online than millennials. Grandma and gramps are checking their email, watching YouTube, and surfing for vacation destinations, just like…

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Block Identity Theft with Two-Factor Authentication
March 09, 2017

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to protect yourself against identity theft scams. And the great news is that it takes only a minute or two to set up two-factor authentication as part of your overall online safety strategy. What It Is Two-factor authentication, also known as…

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to protect yourself against identity theft scams. And the great news is that it takes only a minute or two to set up two-factor authentication as part of your overall online safety strategy. What It Is Two-factor authentication, also known as…

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Online Advertising Just Got Dangerous
February 14, 2017

Online ads can tell you about products you might be interested in, alert you to breaking news, remind you of items you’ve left in your shopping cart … and infect your computer with malicious software, or malware, that can be used to steal your personal and financial data. The latter, darker…

Online ads can tell you about products you might be interested in, alert you to breaking news, remind you of items you’ve left in your shopping cart … and infect your computer with malicious software, or malware, that can be used to steal your personal and financial data. The latter, darker…

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Are You Being Tracked by Ads?
February 07, 2017

Have you noticed that certain ads follow you around the internet and pop up on nearly every website that you visit? Advertisers are watching your behavior and paying for those ads to follow you around. It’s great for retailers because they can spend their advertising dollars reaching the people…

Have you noticed that certain ads follow you around the internet and pop up on nearly every website that you visit? Advertisers are watching your behavior and paying for those ads to follow you around. It’s great for retailers because they can spend their advertising dollars reaching the people…

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Spot Impostor Email Scams—at Work and Home
February 02, 2017

According to the Radicati Group, each day people around the world exchange about 205 billion emails. Although many people read and respond to dozens of personal emails, the majority of total email traffic comes from the business world, where workers send and receive a daily average of more than 130…

According to the Radicati Group, each day people around the world exchange about 205 billion emails. Although many people read and respond to dozens of personal emails, the majority of total email traffic comes from the business world, where workers send and receive a daily average of more than 130…

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The 5 Best Security Gifts to Give
December 04, 2016

Do you sometimes struggle to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member? Maybe Dad doesn’t need another tie, or your significant other is a power shopper who already has everything. So consider giving a little peace of mind, which is something everyone can use. Here are five great ideas…

Do you sometimes struggle to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member? Maybe Dad doesn’t need another tie, or your significant other is a power shopper who already has everything. So consider giving a little peace of mind, which is something everyone can use. Here are five great ideas…

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Safe Social Media for Kids
November 27, 2016

Social media has become a rite of passage for young adults. It’s a place to meet with friends, share experiences, and express themselves in creative ways. It can also get them into deep trouble if they’re not prepared for its dangers. Sexual predators, cyber bullies, and criminals flock to…

Social media has become a rite of passage for young adults. It’s a place to meet with friends, share experiences, and express themselves in creative ways. It can also get them into deep trouble if they’re not prepared for its dangers. Sexual predators, cyber bullies, and criminals flock to…

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Securing Your Home Wi-Fi: The Invisibility Defense
November 10, 2016

Internet access at home has become a must for most people: adults need it for work, bills, and shopping; kids need it for homework; and everyone uses it to download entertainment and keep in touch with friends. Many of us get web access with a home Wi-Fi network, but most of us don’t know how to…

Internet access at home has become a must for most people: adults need it for work, bills, and shopping; kids need it for homework; and everyone uses it to download entertainment and keep in touch with friends. Many of us get web access with a home Wi-Fi network, but most of us don’t know how to…

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Zombieland: Old Social Media Accounts Can Eat Your Identity
October 30, 2016

Don’t look now, but you may be surrounded by zombies. Not in the real world, but out on the internet where you may have a pack of old social media and other accounts waiting to eat your identity or cause you other problems. The good news is that these zombies are pretty easy to kill if you know…

Don’t look now, but you may be surrounded by zombies. Not in the real world, but out on the internet where you may have a pack of old social media and other accounts waiting to eat your identity or cause you other problems. The good news is that these zombies are pretty easy to kill if you know…

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People Search 101: Who’s Looking at You, Kid?
October 20, 2016

If you’ve ever entered your own name in a search engine, you’re probably shocked at what people can find out about you online. In addition to your social media profiles, newspaper announcements such as graduations or weddings, and photos of you that people have tagged, you probably saw a number…

If you’ve ever entered your own name in a search engine, you’re probably shocked at what people can find out about you online. In addition to your social media profiles, newspaper announcements such as graduations or weddings, and photos of you that people have tagged, you probably saw a number…

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Oh, Snap! Teaching Teens to Share Safely
September 15, 2016

If you have teenagers in your family, you’ve probably heard about “sexting” and other types of risky behavior that some kids are doing on Snapchat, the mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. If you’ve used Snapchat yourself, you already know that Snapchat…

If you have teenagers in your family, you’ve probably heard about “sexting” and other types of risky behavior that some kids are doing on Snapchat, the mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. If you’ve used Snapchat yourself, you already know that Snapchat…

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Why Should I Encrypt?
September 08, 2016

When you hear “encryption,” what do you think of first? Do you think of the World War II code-breakers at Bletchley House, recently made famous by a BBC drama and the movie The Imitation Game? Do you think of the recent legal battle between Apple, Inc. and the FBI? Or do you think of all those…

When you hear “encryption,” what do you think of first? Do you think of the World War II code-breakers at Bletchley House, recently made famous by a BBC drama and the movie The Imitation Game? Do you think of the recent legal battle between Apple, Inc. and the FBI? Or do you think of all those…

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What is Safe Surfing?
August 18, 2016

Are you someone who always knows what’s trending online? The latest breaking news, the trending memes, or Twitter buzz? You can find out a lot online, but surfing the internet can also teach some hard lessons. Browsing mistakes can lead to identity theft or get your computer infected with malware…

Are you someone who always knows what’s trending online? The latest breaking news, the trending memes, or Twitter buzz? You can find out a lot online, but surfing the internet can also teach some hard lessons. Browsing mistakes can lead to identity theft or get your computer infected with malware…

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Hire a Digital Security Guard
August 11, 2016

The internet is a dangerous place. Even if you’re careful where you browse and what you download, one little mistake could result in your personal information being stolen or lost. But help is available: you can “hire” a full-time security guard for your computer. Security software is not…

The internet is a dangerous place. Even if you’re careful where you browse and what you download, one little mistake could result in your personal information being stolen or lost. But help is available: you can “hire” a full-time security guard for your computer. Security software is not…

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Using Public Wi-Fi: Best Practices
July 24, 2016

Have you noticed lately that your tablet or smartphone or laptop has developed a mind of its own? Have you caught it in the act of connecting to public Wi-Fi networks all by itself? Should you let it? It’s fun to post selfies from your fabulous vacay or work on the road without using up your…

Have you noticed lately that your tablet or smartphone or laptop has developed a mind of its own? Have you caught it in the act of connecting to public Wi-Fi networks all by itself? Should you let it? It’s fun to post selfies from your fabulous vacay or work on the road without using up your…

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Insult to Injury: Ransomware and Bitcoin
July 21, 2016

In previous blogs, we’ve told you about the ransomware scourge that’s sweeping the Internet and given some suggestions about when to pay or not pay. You might think that once you make the pay decision, life would be simple again. The problem is that you can’t just give the ransomers your…

In previous blogs, we’ve told you about the ransomware scourge that’s sweeping the Internet and given some suggestions about when to pay or not pay. You might think that once you make the pay decision, life would be simple again. The problem is that you can’t just give the ransomers your…

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How to Fight Ransomware (Or Not)
July 17, 2016

If you’ve been following our blog series on ransomware, you know that cyber extortionists are running rampant on the Internet. You know that you can avoid having your computer or files hijacked by ransomware by following some basic safety practices, and you know the trade-offs in paying or not…

If you’ve been following our blog series on ransomware, you know that cyber extortionists are running rampant on the Internet. You know that you can avoid having your computer or files hijacked by ransomware by following some basic safety practices, and you know the trade-offs in paying or not…

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To Pay or Not to Pay: The Ransomware Dilemma
July 14, 2016

Hamlet famously agonized whether “To be, or not to be.” In a recent blog, we talked about the epidemic of ransomware, malware that locks up your computer or data until you pay. While having your computer or files locked up doesn’t pose the same existential dilemma as Shakespearean-style…

Hamlet famously agonized whether “To be, or not to be.” In a recent blog, we talked about the epidemic of ransomware, malware that locks up your computer or data until you pay. While having your computer or files locked up doesn’t pose the same existential dilemma as Shakespearean-style…

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Scrub, Sort, Shred: Identity Safety Tips for Spring Cleaning
June 23, 2016

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to scrub, air out, and let the sun shine in! And decluttering is all the rage, so your spring-cleaning routine probably includes going through closets, cupboards, old files, and getting rid of paperwork that’s been piling up. This…

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to scrub, air out, and let the sun shine in! And decluttering is all the rage, so your spring-cleaning routine probably includes going through closets, cupboards, old files, and getting rid of paperwork that’s been piling up. This…

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