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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 know if, or when, it’s happening to you? ​ If…

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 know if, or when, it’s happening to you? ​ If…

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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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Five Great Security Gifts for the Digital Age
November 09, 2017

As the holiday season nears, our attention turns toward family gatherings, bountiful feasts, and finding perfect presents on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for our loved ones. While your past gift lists may have included ties, sweaters, or the latest kitchen gadgets, this year you should consider…

As the holiday season nears, our attention turns toward family gatherings, bountiful feasts, and finding perfect presents on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for our loved ones. While your past gift lists may have included ties, sweaters, or the latest kitchen gadgets, this year you should consider…

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 Fighting Off Your Undead Credit Cards
October 30, 2017

​With data breaches in the news almost every week, you may be feeling like your personal information isn’t safe anywhere. It’s true that the more places your information exists, the greater your risk of identity theft, which is why we recommend getting rid of information “zombies” such as…

​With data breaches in the news almost every week, you may be feeling like your personal information isn’t safe anywhere. It’s true that the more places your information exists, the greater your risk of identity theft, which is why we recommend getting rid of information “zombies” such as…

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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 October 2017, the number of data breaches was already…

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 October 2017, the number of data breaches was already…

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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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In the News
Pictures of You: Your Privacy in Public
September 24, 2017

From tabloid covers and gossip blogs to mainstream news, we’re constantly seeing embarrassing photos of the rich and famous. But it’s not just celebrities who can be harmed by inappropriately shared photos. With smartphone cameras in our hands all the time, and social media just a click away,…

From tabloid covers and gossip blogs to mainstream news, we’re constantly seeing embarrassing photos of the rich and famous. But it’s not just celebrities who can be harmed by inappropriately shared photos. With smartphone cameras in our hands all the time, and social media just a click away,…

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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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Latest Scams
Scams for free services
September 10, 2017

The internet has created business opportunities for many people, from selling collectibles on eBay to blogging for fun and profit. However, some enterprising scammers are making money charging people for information that’s available to anyone – for free. Here are some common scams and tips for…

The internet has created business opportunities for many people, from selling collectibles on eBay to blogging for fun and profit. However, some enterprising scammers are making money charging people for information that’s available to anyone – for free. Here are some common scams and tips for…

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In the News
“Alternative Facts” Can Cause Real Trouble
August 20, 2017

Lately it seems like half the news is about “fake news”. Whether you’re outraged or amused by the flood of misinformation, it’s important to be able to sort fact from fiction because some of the “alternative facts” out there are intended to help scammers take advantage of you. Online…

Lately it seems like half the news is about “fake news”. Whether you’re outraged or amused by the flood of misinformation, it’s important to be able to sort fact from fiction because some of the “alternative facts” out there are intended to help scammers take advantage of you. Online…

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Weighing the Odds: Identity Protection Basics
July 06, 2017

Do you ever consider canceling your auto insurance or homeowner’s insurance and just take your chances that “nothing will go wrong”? Everyone wants to save a little money, but at what cost? Mortgage lenders and regulators require home and auto insurance because even though the chances of a…

Do you ever consider canceling your auto insurance or homeowner’s insurance and just take your chances that “nothing will go wrong”? Everyone wants to save a little money, but at what cost? Mortgage lenders and regulators require home and auto insurance because even though the chances of a…

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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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In the News
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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Keep Yourself Safe When Using Public Computers
May 28, 2017

You can take lots of steps to avoid malware and cyberattacks on the devices you own. But how can you protect your online safety when you use public computers at your local library, school, cyber café, or hotel lobby? How Safe Are Public Computers? Public computers are not as safe as personal…

You can take lots of steps to avoid malware and cyberattacks on the devices you own. But how can you protect your online safety when you use public computers at your local library, school, cyber café, or hotel lobby? How Safe Are Public Computers? Public computers are not as safe as personal…

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Latest Scams
Charging stations – power supply or identity theft scam?
May 21, 2017

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is it? Before you plug in, stop and take a minute to…

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is it? Before you plug in, stop and take a minute to…

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What Is Card Skimming?
April 09, 2017

Credit and debit cards are so convenient, and many of them offer perks like cash back or merchandise credit, so it can be tempting to use them everywhere. Unfortunately, thieves also love to cash in on your card numbers, and they can often steal them in plain sight, sometimes without the card even…

Credit and debit cards are so convenient, and many of them offer perks like cash back or merchandise credit, so it can be tempting to use them everywhere. Unfortunately, thieves also love to cash in on your card numbers, and they can often steal them in plain sight, sometimes without the card even…

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Drive-by Downloads: Beware of Malware in Disguise
March 23, 2017

Did you know that your computer can download malicious software without you even knowing it? It’s called a “drive-by download,” and it can happen when you visit a perfectly legitimate website, sometimes without you even clicking on a link. Bad guys can hide viruses, spyware, or just unwanted…

Did you know that your computer can download malicious software without you even knowing it? It’s called a “drive-by download,” and it can happen when you visit a perfectly legitimate website, sometimes without you even clicking on a link. Bad guys can hide viruses, spyware, or just unwanted…

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What’s Your Digital Footprint?
January 19, 2017

Have you ever googled yourself? That is, have you ever gone to google.com or another search engine like bing.com and typed in your own name? No, it’s not just a habit for narcissists—it’s one way to discover at least some of what cyber criminals, potential employers, advertisers, and others…

Have you ever googled yourself? That is, have you ever gone to google.com or another search engine like bing.com and typed in your own name? No, it’s not just a habit for narcissists—it’s one way to discover at least some of what cyber criminals, potential employers, advertisers, and others…

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Trusty Tips for a Safer New Year
December 31, 2016

Identity theft and fraud continued to affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the year. Our New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to continue to help you and your family stay safe and secure. We’ve pulled together our top five articles of 2016 to give you all the information you need in…

Identity theft and fraud continued to affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the year. Our New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to continue to help you and your family stay safe and secure. We’ve pulled together our top five articles of 2016 to give you all the information you need in…

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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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Become a Cyber Sleuth - Beware of ID Theft Scams
August 14, 2016

Every time you check your email your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be lurking there, hoping to steal your passwords, your personal and financial information, or to take control of your computer or files. Their “phishing” scams use different kinds of bait to…

Every time you check your email your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be lurking there, hoping to steal your passwords, your personal and financial information, or to take control of your computer or files. Their “phishing” scams use different kinds of bait to…

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Skimming for Dollars
August 07, 2016

Shopaholics, beware! Shopping is fun, but if your ID is stolen, you can end up buying more than you bargained for. Retail stores are prime locations for identity thieves looking to steal personal information contained on your credit cards. And the card never even needs to leave your hand! In May…

Shopaholics, beware! Shopping is fun, but if your ID is stolen, you can end up buying more than you bargained for. Retail stores are prime locations for identity thieves looking to steal personal information contained on your credit cards. And the card never even needs to leave your hand! In May…

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Digital Safety for the College-Bound
July 07, 2016

Starting college used to be a kid’s first step into the wide world, but today’s college students have been exposed to the world on the internet from an early age. From their first baby steps on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve warned them about the dangers of talking to strangers online. But the…

Starting college used to be a kid’s first step into the wide world, but today’s college students have been exposed to the world on the internet from an early age. From their first baby steps on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve warned them about the dangers of talking to strangers online. But the…

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