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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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Helpful Tips
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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Home Safety Tips for Holiday Travel
November 13, 2017

​The winter holidays are a time for fun gatherings, and for many of us, that means leaving home to visit friends and family. But a home break-in while you’re away can leave a bad taste long after the holiday turkey is gone. We want your holidays to be worry-free, so here are a dozen easy things…

​The winter holidays are a time for fun gatherings, and for many of us, that means leaving home to visit friends and family. But a home break-in while you’re away can leave a bad taste long after the holiday turkey is gone. We want your holidays to be worry-free, so here are a dozen easy things…

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In the News
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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Helpful Tips
 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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Why is the Equifax Breach So Serious?
October 10, 2017

In the 21st century, data breaches are a fact of life. Shortly after the massive Equifax breach made headlines, Yahoo announced that all of its 3 billion accounts had been hacked back in 2013. That dwarfs the 145 million consumer records exposed at Equifax. In fact, before the Yahoo announcement,…

In the 21st century, data breaches are a fact of life. Shortly after the massive Equifax breach made headlines, Yahoo announced that all of its 3 billion accounts had been hacked back in 2013. That dwarfs the 145 million consumer records exposed at Equifax. In fact, before the Yahoo announcement,…

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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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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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Is Credit Card Protection Enough Identity Protection?
July 16, 2017

If you’ve ever had a credit card number stolen, you know that credit card companies will promptly and politely cancel your card along with any fraudulent charges. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is report the bogus charges, and they’ll fix it. There’s just the slight…

If you’ve ever had a credit card number stolen, you know that credit card companies will promptly and politely cancel your card along with any fraudulent charges. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is report the bogus charges, and they’ll fix it. There’s just the slight…

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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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Did You Know?
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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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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How to Protect the Deceased’s Identity
April 02, 2017

When a family member or loved one dies, you will face a great deal of grief, sorrow, and other intense emotional repercussions. It can be incredibly difficult to even contemplate how to take care of practical matters during such a trying time. Unfortunately, you and other family members and friends…

When a family member or loved one dies, you will face a great deal of grief, sorrow, and other intense emotional repercussions. It can be incredibly difficult to even contemplate how to take care of practical matters during such a trying time. Unfortunately, you and other family members and friends…

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Are Small Businesses More Prone to Identity Theft Risks?
March 19, 2017

It’s great to buy from small, local businesses, whether it’s a booth at the farmer’s market, the holiday craft bazaar, a family-owned window-cleaning service, or your neighborhood bookstore. You’re supporting your community, and that feels good. But small business owners often have their…

It’s great to buy from small, local businesses, whether it’s a booth at the farmer’s market, the holiday craft bazaar, a family-owned window-cleaning service, or your neighborhood bookstore. You’re supporting your community, and that feels good. But small business owners often have their…

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Block Identity Theft with Two-Factor Authentication
March 09, 2017

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to protect yourself against identity theft scams. And the great news is that it takes only a minute or two to set up two-factor authentication as part of your overall online safety strategy. What It Is Two-factor authentication, also known as…

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to protect yourself against identity theft scams. And the great news is that it takes only a minute or two to set up two-factor authentication as part of your overall online safety strategy. What It Is Two-factor authentication, also known as…

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Even Bad Credit Reports are Identity Theft Targets
February 21, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center Individuals might not realize how imperative it is to monitor their credit report and know their credit score, but they are both important steps to take in minimizing the risks of identity theft and in catching any suspicious…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center Individuals might not realize how imperative it is to monitor their credit report and know their credit score, but they are both important steps to take in minimizing the risks of identity theft and in catching any suspicious…

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6 Tips to Avoid Tax ID Theft Scams
January 29, 2017

Tax season is hard enough all by itself, as each year we gather paperwork, file forms, write checks, and wait for refunds. Few of us look forward to the process. But in recent years, the IRS reports that thousands of people have suffered far more than the usual hassles of the season—losing…

Tax season is hard enough all by itself, as each year we gather paperwork, file forms, write checks, and wait for refunds. Few of us look forward to the process. But in recent years, the IRS reports that thousands of people have suffered far more than the usual hassles of the season—losing…

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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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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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Helpful Tips
Craigslist Convenience: Online Classified Safety
December 29, 2016

What are you shopping for these days? Need a heater to keep you warm through the winter ahead? Or maybe a winter jacket or snow tires? Today, you don’t have to leave the house to find just about any product or service you can think of—sometimes being sold or offered for free by people who live…

What are you shopping for these days? Need a heater to keep you warm through the winter ahead? Or maybe a winter jacket or snow tires? Today, you don’t have to leave the house to find just about any product or service you can think of—sometimes being sold or offered for free by people who live…

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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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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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