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iPhone X: Full Frontal
November 17, 2017

By now, whether you’re an Apple fan or not, you’ve probably seen their slick ads touting the new iPhoneX and its Face ID feature. Why use the old pin code or password method, when you can simply look at your phone and have it unlock? If you’ve ever seen a spy movie or Tom Clancy-esque…

By now, whether you’re an Apple fan or not, you’ve probably seen their slick ads touting the new iPhoneX and its Face ID feature. Why use the old pin code or password method, when you can simply look at your phone and have it unlock? If you’ve ever seen a spy movie or Tom Clancy-esque…

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What You Should Know About Internet Privacy Policies and Tracking
July 23, 2017

If you use any type of social media or a variety of mobile apps, you sometimes receive notices about changes in the website’s privacy policies. And if you’re a very smart citizen of the internet, you read those notices and keep track of privacy settings for your browsers and social media…

If you use any type of social media or a variety of mobile apps, you sometimes receive notices about changes in the website’s privacy policies. And if you’re a very smart citizen of the internet, you read those notices and keep track of privacy settings for your browsers and social media…

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Minors at Higher Risk for Synthetic Identity Theft
June 25, 2017

Did you know that a criminal doesn’t need to steal your whole identity in order to steal your identity? It’s called “synthetic” identity theft, a crime where crooks combine information from different people’s identities, often together with fabricated information, to open financial…

Did you know that a criminal doesn’t need to steal your whole identity in order to steal your identity? It’s called “synthetic” identity theft, a crime where crooks combine information from different people’s identities, often together with fabricated information, to open financial…

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Identity Theft Scams that Target College Students
June 22, 2017

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

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Home Security for your Vacation
June 18, 2017

You’ve been working hard, and now you’re finally taking a vacation. You want to leave your worries behind, knowing that all will be well while you’re gone. Here are some timely tips to help keep your home safe so you don’t come home to stressful surprises. Before You Leave Make your…

You’ve been working hard, and now you’re finally taking a vacation. You want to leave your worries behind, knowing that all will be well while you’re gone. Here are some timely tips to help keep your home safe so you don’t come home to stressful surprises. Before You Leave Make your…

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5 Tips for College Students to Prevent Fraud and Scams
June 15, 2017

Starting college usually involves a lot of requirements—all those 101 classes in math and science and literature. But one of the things that colleges won’t teach is the financial literacy that your student needs to be safe and successful in adult life. For many kids, heading off to college…

Starting college usually involves a lot of requirements—all those 101 classes in math and science and literature. But one of the things that colleges won’t teach is the financial literacy that your student needs to be safe and successful in adult life. For many kids, heading off to college…

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Latest Scams
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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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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Keeping Your Identity Safe from Theft After Death
May 25, 2017

You may know that it’s important after a loved one dies to protect their identity. But what can you do before death to simplify the after-death experience for your spouse, family members or close friends? For advice on forming trusts, creating a will, naming a power of attorney, filling out…

You may know that it’s important after a loved one dies to protect their identity. But what can you do before death to simplify the after-death experience for your spouse, family members or close friends? For advice on forming trusts, creating a will, naming a power of attorney, filling out…

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Which Terms and Conditions Are a Must-Read?
May 14, 2017

The joke goes that if you want to hide some really important information, you should put it in the middle of some pages of terms and conditions—because nobody ever reads those. There’s some truth to the joke, but some terms and conditions (aka terms of service) really need to be read because…

The joke goes that if you want to hide some really important information, you should put it in the middle of some pages of terms and conditions—because nobody ever reads those. There’s some truth to the joke, but some terms and conditions (aka terms of service) really need to be read because…

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Latest Scams
Watch Out for Home Improvement Scams
February 23, 2017

We have a great deal for you! Simply fill out this form to see if you qualify for … well, you name it. “Great deal” scams sound a lot like that, and they work—which is why they’ve been around a long time. Sadly, they’re just one of many scams often associated with the home improvement…

We have a great deal for you! Simply fill out this form to see if you qualify for … well, you name it. “Great deal” scams sound a lot like that, and they work—which is why they’ve been around a long time. Sadly, they’re just one of many scams often associated with the home improvement…

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Lock Down Your Home’s Wi-Fi
February 09, 2017

You wouldn’t leave a key in your front door overnight. Or open all your windows while you’re away on vacation. But many people expose themselves to a different sort of home invasion by failing to secure their wireless networks and the digital devices that connect to them. Internet service…

You wouldn’t leave a key in your front door overnight. Or open all your windows while you’re away on vacation. But many people expose themselves to a different sort of home invasion by failing to secure their wireless networks and the digital devices that connect to them. Internet service…

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Be On the Alert for Phone Scams
February 05, 2017

Have you ever gotten a phone call from the IRS? Probably not, since the IRS rarely calls taxpayers and never does so without first sending a notice in the mail. But in recent years criminals impersonating IRS agents have called about 3,000 people and fooled them into paying more than $14 million.…

Have you ever gotten a phone call from the IRS? Probably not, since the IRS rarely calls taxpayers and never does so without first sending a notice in the mail. But in recent years criminals impersonating IRS agents have called about 3,000 people and fooled them into paying more than $14 million.…

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Latest Scams
Identity Theft Scam Predictions: 2017 Edition
January 26, 2017

Every new year brings with it new hope, new plans … and new identity theft scams, as unfortunately some criminals are resolved to make life miserable for the rest of us. The list that follows includes some trending scams that you’ll likely hear more about in 2017, as well as some old…

Every new year brings with it new hope, new plans … and new identity theft scams, as unfortunately some criminals are resolved to make life miserable for the rest of us. The list that follows includes some trending scams that you’ll likely hear more about in 2017, as well as some old…

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10 Popular ID Theft Scams from 2016
January 22, 2017

Michael Moore famously said that diets are a scam, and others have said the same of everything from vaccines to Valentine’s Day. But the real scams that took place in 2016 were fraudulent schemes that fooled thousands of people into handing over their hard-earned money to criminals. Some…

Michael Moore famously said that diets are a scam, and others have said the same of everything from vaccines to Valentine’s Day. But the real scams that took place in 2016 were fraudulent schemes that fooled thousands of people into handing over their hard-earned money to criminals. Some…

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In the News
How Criminals Create Synthetic Identity Theft
January 05, 2017

Most people believe that identity theft involves theft of your whole identity. A thief comes along and steals your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and other private data, and then uses it to apply for credit cards in your name or commit other forms of fraud. If only it were so simple.…

Most people believe that identity theft involves theft of your whole identity. A thief comes along and steals your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and other private data, and then uses it to apply for credit cards in your name or commit other forms of fraud. If only it were so simple.…

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CSI: Criminal Identity Theft
January 01, 2017

It seems like Americans can’t get enough of crime dramas or reality TV. But if your name popped up on Dateline NBC, wouldn’t it be surreal? Yet stranger things have happened. As ConsumerAction.org noted recently, every day innocent people have their identities stolen and used to commit crimes,…

It seems like Americans can’t get enough of crime dramas or reality TV. But if your name popped up on Dateline NBC, wouldn’t it be surreal? Yet stranger things have happened. As ConsumerAction.org noted recently, every day innocent people have their identities stolen and used to commit crimes,…

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Smart Security for the Smart Home | Privacy and IoT
December 18, 2016

Are you curious about those devices that turn your lights off and your music on, or get you a real-time weather report, and control your other smart electronics? These “personal assistant” robots don’t serve breakfast in bed or wash the dishes (yet) — but they can make life pretty…

Are you curious about those devices that turn your lights off and your music on, or get you a real-time weather report, and control your other smart electronics? These “personal assistant” robots don’t serve breakfast in bed or wash the dishes (yet) — but they can make life pretty…

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Trek the Halls (or the Friendly Skies)
December 11, 2016

December is here, the halls are decked, and many of us are heading home for the holidays. We look forward to being with friends and family, but getting there isn’t always a joyful process, especially if you have to fly. If you’re dreading holiday air travel, here are some tips to make your trip…

December is here, the halls are decked, and many of us are heading home for the holidays. We look forward to being with friends and family, but getting there isn’t always a joyful process, especially if you have to fly. If you’re dreading holiday air travel, here are some tips to make your trip…

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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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Tips to Avoid Unsafe Toys
December 01, 2016

Who doesn’t enjoy the look of excitement on a child’s face when they receive a new toy? But did you know that each year, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms with toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign? Of course, this doesn’t mean that…

Who doesn’t enjoy the look of excitement on a child’s face when they receive a new toy? But did you know that each year, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms with toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign? Of course, this doesn’t mean that…

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Latest Scams
Real or Fake? How to Choose a Charity
November 17, 2016

The holiday season is upon us, and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people will dig deep for Giving Tuesday, the international day to donate to charities large and small. Big-hearted Americans gave a record-breaking $373 billion to charity in 2015. But as you consider your charitable…

The holiday season is upon us, and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people will dig deep for Giving Tuesday, the international day to donate to charities large and small. Big-hearted Americans gave a record-breaking $373 billion to charity in 2015. But as you consider your charitable…

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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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Latest Scams
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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Credit Fraud and Identity Theft: What’s the Difference?
October 27, 2016

Identity theft is like ice cream in that it comes in a variety of flavors—but you’re not likely to enjoy a single one of them. People often think credit fraud and identity theft are the same thing, but in fact credit fraud is just one of the many unpleasant “flavors” of identity theft.…

Identity theft is like ice cream in that it comes in a variety of flavors—but you’re not likely to enjoy a single one of them. People often think credit fraud and identity theft are the same thing, but in fact credit fraud is just one of the many unpleasant “flavors” of identity theft.…

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The Facts of (College) Life
September 25, 2016

If your child is starting college, it’s time to talk to them about the facts of life—that there are people out there who want to steal their identity. And now that they’re leaving home, it’s up to them to protect themselves. This talk can be as important to your child’s future as the one…

If your child is starting college, it’s time to talk to them about the facts of life—that there are people out there who want to steal their identity. And now that they’re leaving home, it’s up to them to protect themselves. This talk can be as important to your child’s future as the one…

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When Should You Provide Your Social Security Number?
September 22, 2016

These days it seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number, or SSN. Whether you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, visiting the DMV, or applying for a credit card, you’re likely going to be asked to hand over that unique and highly…

These days it seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number, or SSN. Whether you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, visiting the DMV, or applying for a credit card, you’re likely going to be asked to hand over that unique and highly…

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Stay Safe With Workers in Your House
September 18, 2016

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we tend to think of them as refuges where our friends and family gather. But think back over the past few months: How many other people, people you didn’t know very well, have spent time in your house? If you’ve had any work done on your home—from plumbing…

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we tend to think of them as refuges where our friends and family gather. But think back over the past few months: How many other people, people you didn’t know very well, have spent time in your house? If you’ve had any work done on your home—from plumbing…

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