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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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Helpful Tips
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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In the News
The Risks of Geotagging
August 17, 2017

It can be handy having your camera, mobile phone, and social media accounts tag your photos with time and location. It makes it easier to manage your pics, and it also adds authenticity to your exotic travels. The feature is called geotagging, and it can be convenient and fun. It can also be risky…

It can be handy having your camera, mobile phone, and social media accounts tag your photos with time and location. It makes it easier to manage your pics, and it also adds authenticity to your exotic travels. The feature is called geotagging, and it can be convenient and fun. It can also be risky…

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Did You Know?
Are Mobile Numbers the New Keys to Your Identity?
April 23, 2017

Mobile phones have made us safer in countless ways. We can call for help in an emergency, call for a ride if we had a drink too many, or keep in touch with our kids when they’re away from home. And recently, businesses have started using mobile phones to add security to financial and other…

Mobile phones have made us safer in countless ways. We can call for help in an emergency, call for a ride if we had a drink too many, or keep in touch with our kids when they’re away from home. And recently, businesses have started using mobile phones to add security to financial and other…

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Keeping Mobile Data Private
February 12, 2017

For many of us, our smart phones function as our personal assistants, social calendars, computers, cameras, banking terminals, virtual shopping malls, and, of course, phones. Mobile life is incredibly convenient, but as we entrust more and more of our lives to mobile devices, we’re also…

For many of us, our smart phones function as our personal assistants, social calendars, computers, cameras, banking terminals, virtual shopping malls, and, of course, phones. Mobile life is incredibly convenient, but as we entrust more and more of our lives to mobile devices, we’re also…

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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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Helpful Tips
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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Helpful Tips
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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In the News
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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Helpful Tips
Oh, Snap! Teaching Teens to Share Safely
September 15, 2016

If you have teenagers in your family, you’ve probably heard about “sexting” and other types of risky behavior that some kids are doing on Snapchat, the mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. If you’ve used Snapchat yourself, you already know that Snapchat…

If you have teenagers in your family, you’ve probably heard about “sexting” and other types of risky behavior that some kids are doing on Snapchat, the mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. If you’ve used Snapchat yourself, you already know that Snapchat…

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Why Should I Encrypt?
September 08, 2016

When you hear “encryption,” what do you think of first? Do you think of the World War II code-breakers at Bletchley House, recently made famous by a BBC drama and the movie The Imitation Game? Do you think of the recent legal battle between Apple, Inc. and the FBI? Or do you think of all those…

When you hear “encryption,” what do you think of first? Do you think of the World War II code-breakers at Bletchley House, recently made famous by a BBC drama and the movie The Imitation Game? Do you think of the recent legal battle between Apple, Inc. and the FBI? Or do you think of all those…

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Helpful Tips
Hire a Digital Security Guard
August 11, 2016

The internet is a dangerous place. Even if you’re careful where you browse and what you download, one little mistake could result in your personal information being stolen or lost. But help is available: you can “hire” a full-time security guard for your computer. Security software is not…

The internet is a dangerous place. Even if you’re careful where you browse and what you download, one little mistake could result in your personal information being stolen or lost. But help is available: you can “hire” a full-time security guard for your computer. Security software is not…

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Did You Know?
Using Public Wi-Fi: Best Practices
July 24, 2016

Have you noticed lately that your tablet or smartphone or laptop has developed a mind of its own? Have you caught it in the act of connecting to public Wi-Fi networks all by itself? Should you let it? It’s fun to post selfies from your fabulous vacay or work on the road without using up your…

Have you noticed lately that your tablet or smartphone or laptop has developed a mind of its own? Have you caught it in the act of connecting to public Wi-Fi networks all by itself? Should you let it? It’s fun to post selfies from your fabulous vacay or work on the road without using up your…

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Latest Scams
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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