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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 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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ID Intensive: Pain Relief for Identity Theft
January 19, 2018

Taylor* is a MyIDCare member in California. He says he “didn’t think too much about it” when he received a letter from a healthcare provider saying his personal information had been part of a data breach. But the letter offered MyIDCare coverage, including email alerts if his credit reports…

Taylor* is a MyIDCare member in California. He says he “didn’t think too much about it” when he received a letter from a healthcare provider saying his personal information had been part of a data breach. But the letter offered MyIDCare coverage, including email alerts if his credit reports…

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ID Intensive: Recovering an Identity and Precious Time
January 12, 2018

​Alan* is a MyIDCare member in southern California. A few times in the past, he’d gotten letters saying his personal information might have been exposed in a data breach, but this time it was the real thing. A credit card showed up in the mail that he hadn’t applied for. When he called the…

​Alan* is a MyIDCare member in southern California. A few times in the past, he’d gotten letters saying his personal information might have been exposed in a data breach, but this time it was the real thing. A credit card showed up in the mail that he hadn’t applied for. When he called the…

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Dollars for Data: How Criminals Make Money with Your Identity
January 12, 2018

​In previous articles, we’ve explored who commits identity theft, how your data gets stolen, and the definitions of different types of identity theft. Now we’ll look at how your personal data is turned into a tool for crime and profit. ​Imagine that a data breach has occurred. You don’t…

​In previous articles, we’ve explored who commits identity theft, how your data gets stolen, and the definitions of different types of identity theft. Now we’ll look at how your personal data is turned into a tool for crime and profit. ​Imagine that a data breach has occurred. You don’t…

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ID Intensive: Presumed Guilty, Proven Innocent
January 05, 2018

​Nicole* is a MyIDCare member in Oregon. Identity theft halfway across the country put her own living situation in jeopardy. When she found her way to MyIDCare, she finally found someone who was on her side. This is her story. “I first realized something was wrong when I started getting…

​Nicole* is a MyIDCare member in Oregon. Identity theft halfway across the country put her own living situation in jeopardy. When she found her way to MyIDCare, she finally found someone who was on her side. This is her story. “I first realized something was wrong when I started getting…

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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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2017 was a Great Year . . . For Identity Thieves
December 22, 2017

Every year has its ups and downs, and 2017 has been no exception. For example, it’s been a good year for the stock market and a bad year for hurricanes. But for identity thieves, this has been the best year ever, and that’s bad news for the rest of us. ​ According to the Stealthbits…

Every year has its ups and downs, and 2017 has been no exception. For example, it’s been a good year for the stock market and a bad year for hurricanes. But for identity thieves, this has been the best year ever, and that’s bad news for the rest of us. ​ According to the Stealthbits…

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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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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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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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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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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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6 Lessons from the Gmail Hack
March 12, 2017

Imagine receiving an email in your Gmail inbox from a friend. The subject line pertains to something you’ve been discussing recently, and there’s an attachment you’ve been expecting. So you click on the attachment and for some reason a new tab opens up, prompting you to sign in again to your…

Imagine receiving an email in your Gmail inbox from a friend. The subject line pertains to something you’ve been discussing recently, and there’s an attachment you’ve been expecting. So you click on the attachment and for some reason a new tab opens up, prompting you to sign in again to your…

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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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Location Services: Helpful or a Hazard?
November 14, 2016

Have you ever noticed that on crime shows, the good guys often catch criminals by locating their cell phones? Well, unlike instant DNA test results, this plot device is true: people actually can track you by your cell phone. Some organizations also keep track of where you’ve been; for example,…

Have you ever noticed that on crime shows, the good guys often catch criminals by locating their cell phones? Well, unlike instant DNA test results, this plot device is true: people actually can track you by your cell phone. Some organizations also keep track of where you’ve been; for example,…

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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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Online Privacy Settings
October 23, 2016

You can find almost anything on the internet, whether you’re doing serious research or settling an argument about song lyrics or old movies. But while you’re surfing for information, other people are probably gathering information on you, courtesy of your browsers. Some of that information can…

You can find almost anything on the internet, whether you’re doing serious research or settling an argument about song lyrics or old movies. But while you’re surfing for information, other people are probably gathering information on you, courtesy of your browsers. Some of that information can…

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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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Political Hacks: Is Your Vote in Peril?
October 13, 2016

As Americans, voting is one of the most private and personal acts of our adult lives. But foreign hackers have recently attacked voter databases in Illinois and Arizona, raising concern that our votes could be stolen. Could it really happen, and is there anything you can do to protect your…

As Americans, voting is one of the most private and personal acts of our adult lives. But foreign hackers have recently attacked voter databases in Illinois and Arizona, raising concern that our votes could be stolen. Could it really happen, and is there anything you can do to protect your…

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Arrrr! Prepare Not to be Boarded
October 02, 2016

How are you with multiple-choice questions? Well, here’s one for you: You’re working away on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Do you: Say “Look, it’s an ad for that new Pirates of the…

How are you with multiple-choice questions? Well, here’s one for you: You’re working away on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Do you: Say “Look, it’s an ad for that new Pirates of the…

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Wells Fargo: Crisis of Confidence
September 29, 2016

The Wells Fargo bank investigation has been all over the news. The government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined the bank for setting up around 1.5 million unauthorized bank accounts, taking out 565,000 credit cards in its customers’ names, and charging customers a variety of fees…

The Wells Fargo bank investigation has been all over the news. The government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined the bank for setting up around 1.5 million unauthorized bank accounts, taking out 565,000 credit cards in its customers’ names, and charging customers a variety of fees…

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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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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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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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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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Dorm Diseases: Netflix Outbreaks and Spotify Epidemics
July 10, 2016

College students have to study hard, so they deserve some down-time to chill with movies or music. And since paying college tuition is enough of a burden, most parents aren’t inclined to pay for a separate Netflix, Hulu, or music streaming account for their college-bound offspring. But before you…

College students have to study hard, so they deserve some down-time to chill with movies or music. And since paying college tuition is enough of a burden, most parents aren’t inclined to pay for a separate Netflix, Hulu, or music streaming account for their college-bound offspring. But before you…

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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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