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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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Here’s Looking at You, Kid:  Facial Recognition and Your Privacy
August 13, 2017

Research indicates that social media behavior has a strong impact on the brain, from impulse control, to depression and self-esteem. Sharing photos of yourself with friends and family and getting likes or shares can be hard to resist. But did you know that facial recognition technology, like that…

Research indicates that social media behavior has a strong impact on the brain, from impulse control, to depression and self-esteem. Sharing photos of yourself with friends and family and getting likes or shares can be hard to resist. But did you know that facial recognition technology, like that…

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The Privacy Risks of DNA Testing
August 06, 2017

Whether your ancestors came to America within the last century or migrated across a land bridge in some ancient ice age, we all love to explore and celebrate our roots, and the hot new way to do that is through DNA testing. Learning more about your ancestry may seem like solving an exciting…

Whether your ancestors came to America within the last century or migrated across a land bridge in some ancient ice age, we all love to explore and celebrate our roots, and the hot new way to do that is through DNA testing. Learning more about your ancestry may seem like solving an exciting…

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Identity Theft Protection: The Importance of Recovery Services
July 13, 2017

In a recent article, we talked about identity protection plans and the difference between identity monitoring and identity recovery services. In a nutshell, by the time monitoring shows a problem with your identity, the damage has been done, and that’s when having top tier recovery services can…

In a recent article, we talked about identity protection plans and the difference between identity monitoring and identity recovery services. In a nutshell, by the time monitoring shows a problem with your identity, the damage has been done, and that’s when having top tier recovery services can…

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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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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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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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How to Opt Out of People Search Sites
May 07, 2017

Let’s say you want to find out what an old friend is up to. If you search her name online, you’ll likely come across numerous so-called “people search sites” like Spokeo and PeopleFinder. As we’ve discussed before, these sites feature a shocking amount of personal information. In fact,…

Let’s say you want to find out what an old friend is up to. If you search her name online, you’ll likely come across numerous so-called “people search sites” like Spokeo and PeopleFinder. As we’ve discussed before, these sites feature a shocking amount of personal information. In fact,…

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Mobile Phone Safety for Kids
December 15, 2016

If your children don’t have mobile phones yet, odds are they really, really want you to give them one this holiday season. For a young person, a phone might be a toy, fun convenience, or status symbol, while for you as a parent, it can make sense as a safety device—a means for calling for…

If your children don’t have mobile phones yet, odds are they really, really want you to give them one this holiday season. For a young person, a phone might be a toy, fun convenience, or status symbol, while for you as a parent, it can make sense as a safety device—a means for calling for…

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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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Credit Report Basics: What You Should Know
October 16, 2016

Like every adult who’s ever had a credit card, you probably know that you have a credit score that businesses can check to see if you’re a good financial risk. If you regularly request your credit report, which you can do for free once a year, you get an A+ for practicing good identity hygiene.…

Like every adult who’s ever had a credit card, you probably know that you have a credit score that businesses can check to see if you’re a good financial risk. If you regularly request your credit report, which you can do for free once a year, you get an A+ for practicing good identity hygiene.…

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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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Is Identity Theft Taking the Fun Out of Fantasy Football?
October 10, 2016

For years we’ve had to worry about identity theft when shopping online, filling out job applications, and recycling our mail. But now criminals have even invaded that most American of pastimes: football. Or at least fantasy football. An American Express study found that a whopping 74.7 million…

For years we’ve had to worry about identity theft when shopping online, filling out job applications, and recycling our mail. But now criminals have even invaded that most American of pastimes: football. Or at least fantasy football. An American Express study found that a whopping 74.7 million…

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Is Your Mobile Phone Account Safe?
October 06, 2016

You may have heard that mobile phone theft is on the rise. When you imagine how this could happen to you, do you envision your phone being physically stolen from your car or at a coffee shop? It turns out that’s the least of your worries. Far more profitable to thieves, and potentially damaging…

You may have heard that mobile phone theft is on the rise. When you imagine how this could happen to you, do you envision your phone being physically stolen from your car or at a coffee shop? It turns out that’s the least of your worries. Far more profitable to thieves, and potentially damaging…

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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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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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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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Managing Your Online Identity
July 03, 2016

What did we do before Google? In an instant, you can get the stats you need for a work presentation, pull up a quick recipe for dinner, or find movie reviews for your evening out. But if the wrong person does a search on you and finds the wrong stuff online, it can also instantly damage your…

What did we do before Google? In an instant, you can get the stats you need for a work presentation, pull up a quick recipe for dinner, or find movie reviews for your evening out. But if the wrong person does a search on you and finds the wrong stuff online, it can also instantly damage your…

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