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Profile of an Identity Thief
December 08, 2017

​With all the data breaches like Equifax in the news these days, the thought of identity theft protection is as top of mind to most people as dreaming of winning the lottery. Sadly, unlike winning the lottery, virtually every American is likely to eventually experience or know someone who has…

​With all the data breaches like Equifax in the news these days, the thought of identity theft protection is as top of mind to most people as dreaming of winning the lottery. Sadly, unlike winning the lottery, virtually every American is likely to eventually experience or know someone who has…

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In the Military? Veteran? Arm Yourself Against Identity Theft
November 10, 2017

By Thomas F. Kelly​ - President and CEO When my father returned from Europe after the Battle of the Bulge, his primary worry was a job and an education. Today, the threats to our veterans are far wider and more insidious. ​ Each year, Veterans Day gives us an important opportunity to remember…

By Thomas F. Kelly​ - President and CEO When my father returned from Europe after the Battle of the Bulge, his primary worry was a job and an education. Today, the threats to our veterans are far wider and more insidious. ​ Each year, Veterans Day gives us an important opportunity to remember…

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Getting Past Data Breach Apathy
November 06, 2017

After its massive data breach exposed the personal information of almost half of the American population, Equifax offered free credit freezes to anyone who wanted to sign up. Credit freezes normally cost money and they are powerful protection against some forms of financial fraud, so you’d think…

After its massive data breach exposed the personal information of almost half of the American population, Equifax offered free credit freezes to anyone who wanted to sign up. Credit freezes normally cost money and they are powerful protection against some forms of financial fraud, so you’d think…

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The 4% Solution: Credit Freezes Offer Incomplete Protection Against Identity Theft
October 15, 2017

Since the Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of over 145 million Americans (plus a few thousand Canadians and Brits), people who had never heard of a credit freeze before have taken this step to protect their identities. The good news is that a credit freeze can protect you not…

Since the Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of over 145 million Americans (plus a few thousand Canadians and Brits), people who had never heard of a credit freeze before have taken this step to protect their identities. The good news is that a credit freeze can protect you not…

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Job-Hunting Scams Target Millennials
October 15, 2017

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so here’s what millennials (and any other job…

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so here’s what millennials (and any other job…

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Flight Risk: Should You Discard Your Airline Boarding Pass?
October 08, 2017

If you’re a frequent or even an occasional flyer, you may have heard warnings that you shouldn’t discard your airline boarding pass in public places because thieves could get personal information off the pass. In a recent USA Today Travel video, an investigator showed travelers how, with a…

If you’re a frequent or even an occasional flyer, you may have heard warnings that you shouldn’t discard your airline boarding pass in public places because thieves could get personal information off the pass. In a recent USA Today Travel video, an investigator showed travelers how, with a…

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Geo Tracking and How to Go Unnoticed
October 05, 2017

If you watch crime dramas, you’ve probably seen scenes where detectives tracked a criminal’s location via their cellphone. If you’re nervous about being stalked via your phone, relax: in real life, it requires a warrant, court order, or proof that there is a life-threatening emergency before…

If you watch crime dramas, you’ve probably seen scenes where detectives tracked a criminal’s location via their cellphone. If you’re nervous about being stalked via your phone, relax: in real life, it requires a warrant, court order, or proof that there is a life-threatening emergency before…

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For Cyber Criminals, It’s Always Tax Season
October 01, 2017

Most of us breathe a sigh of relief when tax season is over. Unfortunately, the end of tax season no longer means an end to tax worries because identity thieves are working on tax fraud schemes year-round. According to the IRS, taxpayers need to be on constant guard against tax-related identity…

Most of us breathe a sigh of relief when tax season is over. Unfortunately, the end of tax season no longer means an end to tax worries because identity thieves are working on tax fraud schemes year-round. According to the IRS, taxpayers need to be on constant guard against tax-related identity…

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Credit Freeze vs. Fraud Alert: What Should You Do?
September 28, 2017

If you’ve followed the news since the Equifax data breach, you’ve heard loads of advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft: credit freezes, fraud alerts, and even talk of changing your Social Security number. So, which is better: credit freezes or fraud alerts? We’ve done the…

If you’ve followed the news since the Equifax data breach, you’ve heard loads of advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft: credit freezes, fraud alerts, and even talk of changing your Social Security number. So, which is better: credit freezes or fraud alerts? We’ve done the…

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Smartphone Safety in the Connected Age
September 21, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The US patent for the telephone just celebrated its 141st birthday, but the device most people know of today looks nothing like its famous ancestor. Phones have evolved to include first a dial, then a keypad, then a keyboard, and…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center The US patent for the telephone just celebrated its 141st birthday, but the device most people know of today looks nothing like its famous ancestor. Phones have evolved to include first a dial, then a keypad, then a keyboard, and…

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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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Changing Your SSN Can Double Your Trouble
September 16, 2017

Your financial identity centers on your Social Security number (SSN), which is why a stolen SSN is so valuable to an identity thief. The MyIDCare team has restored thousands of victim’s identities, working with financial institutions and government agencies to clean up their records. The victim…

Your financial identity centers on your Social Security number (SSN), which is why a stolen SSN is so valuable to an identity thief. The MyIDCare team has restored thousands of victim’s identities, working with financial institutions and government agencies to clean up their records. The victim…

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Equifax Breach Threatens Millions: How to Protect Yourself
September 07, 2017

If you’ve seen the news, you are probably wondering whether you’re affected by the Equifax data breach. The credit bureau just reported a cyber attack that compromised the personal information of up to 143 million consumers. According to Pamela Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy…

If you’ve seen the news, you are probably wondering whether you’re affected by the Equifax data breach. The credit bureau just reported a cyber attack that compromised the personal information of up to 143 million consumers. According to Pamela Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy…

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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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Smart Appliances and Your Privacy
August 24, 2017

Imagine this spy thriller: operatives of a hostile nation hack vacuum cleaners to spy on the highest levels of U.S. government. It sounds silly but vacuum-cleaner espionage made headlines recently when the CEO of iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, suggested that the company would sell…

Imagine this spy thriller: operatives of a hostile nation hack vacuum cleaners to spy on the highest levels of U.S. government. It sounds silly but vacuum-cleaner espionage made headlines recently when the CEO of iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, suggested that the company would sell…

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Real Estate Scams: Buying a House
June 11, 2017

Buying a home is a stressful experience! It’s the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, usually with a huge chunk of our life savings on the line. If you’re shopping in a “hot” market, the additional pressure of making quick decisions adds not just a layer of stress, but the…

Buying a home is a stressful experience! It’s the largest purchase that most of us will ever make, usually with a huge chunk of our life savings on the line. If you’re shopping in a “hot” market, the additional pressure of making quick decisions adds not just a layer of stress, but the…

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Breach Protection Services: What are the differences?
June 08, 2017

If you’re one of the millions of Americans whose personal information has been part of a data breach over the past few years, you’ve probably received a letter, notifying you of the breach and offering some kind of identity protection free of charge. If you are offered free identity…

If you’re one of the millions of Americans whose personal information has been part of a data breach over the past few years, you’ve probably received a letter, notifying you of the breach and offering some kind of identity protection free of charge. If you are offered free identity…

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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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Your Information Was Breached. What Now?
June 01, 2017

If you’ve ever received a letter saying that you’re part of a data breach, you’re not alone. According to a report in Security Week News, over 700 million records containing personal information were breached in 2015, about twice the number of people in the U.S. With numbers like those, most…

If you’ve ever received a letter saying that you’re part of a data breach, you’re not alone. According to a report in Security Week News, over 700 million records containing personal information were breached in 2015, about twice the number of people in the U.S. With numbers like those, most…

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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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For Password Security, Longer Is Better
November 13, 2016

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 University shows that those nonsensical and nearly…

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 University shows that those nonsensical and nearly…

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Easy Money - Avoid Employment Scams
November 06, 2016

Think that job you see advertised online or in a newspaper seems too good to be true? There is a good chance your hunch is correct. Employment scams are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be able to identify fraudulent job listings. How can you tell if a job posting is fake? One…

Think that job you see advertised online or in a newspaper seems too good to be true? There is a good chance your hunch is correct. Employment scams are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be able to identify fraudulent job listings. How can you tell if a job posting is fake? One…

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Work Ethics: Employment ID Theft
November 03, 2016

Do you ever have that morning when you wish someone else would go to work for you so you could sleep in or hang out? Doesn’t everyone have those mornings? Well, unbeknownst to you, someone could be going to work as you, and it’s not as great as it sounds. In fact, it could be…

Do you ever have that morning when you wish someone else would go to work for you so you could sleep in or hang out? Doesn’t everyone have those mornings? Well, unbeknownst to you, someone could be going to work as you, and it’s not as great as it sounds. In fact, it could be…

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Uniquely You – Using Biometrics
September 11, 2016

Are you using the fingerprint recognition feature on your smartphone or tablet? Did it give you a little James Bond kind of thrill the first time you did it? And doesn’t it make you feel more secure that your devices can now recognize and work just for you? If you’re excited about fingerprint…

Are you using the fingerprint recognition feature on your smartphone or tablet? Did it give you a little James Bond kind of thrill the first time you did it? And doesn’t it make you feel more secure that your devices can now recognize and work just for you? If you’re excited about fingerprint…

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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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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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New Apple Scam: Don’t Bite!
June 26, 2016

If you’re an iPhone user, watch out for the latest identity theft scam. Some iPhone users are getting email messages that pretend to be from Apple, Inc. and claim that their Apple user ID password is about to expire. A link in the email sends them to a supposedly Apple-owned web site that asks…

If you’re an iPhone user, watch out for the latest identity theft scam. Some iPhone users are getting email messages that pretend to be from Apple, Inc. and claim that their Apple user ID password is about to expire. A link in the email sends them to a supposedly Apple-owned web site that asks…

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