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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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Easing Password Pain
May 01, 2018

Does keeping track of your passwords make your head hurt? If so, you’re not alone. Surveys find that the average user has anywhere from 6 to 130 passwords across work, online shopping and bill-paying, social media, and other online accounts. As Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey Fowler said…

Does keeping track of your passwords make your head hurt? If so, you’re not alone. Surveys find that the average user has anywhere from 6 to 130 passwords across work, online shopping and bill-paying, social media, and other online accounts. As Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey Fowler said…

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Starting Your Own Business? Don't Forget Security
April 30, 2018

​Are you the entrepreneurial type? Have you considered stepping away from the corporate game and becoming your own boss? If you have, you are in excellent company! According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States,…

​Are you the entrepreneurial type? Have you considered stepping away from the corporate game and becoming your own boss? If you have, you are in excellent company! According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), there are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States,…

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Protecting Your Privacy on the Internet Overview
April 27, 2018

The Internet can be an amazing place - what would we do without it? We can find almost anything we need, whether we’re conducting research for school or work, looking up restaurant or movie reviews for a fun night out, or just browsing social media to stay in touch with friends - the Internet has…

The Internet can be an amazing place - what would we do without it? We can find almost anything we need, whether we’re conducting research for school or work, looking up restaurant or movie reviews for a fun night out, or just browsing social media to stay in touch with friends - the Internet has…

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Cloud Storage: Is Your Personal Information Safe?
April 23, 2018

​Over the next few years, it’s likely that more and more of your information is going to live “in the cloud” (translation: in a data center somewhere on the Internet). Between documents, music, movies, photos, and apps, most of us are accumulating vast amounts of digital content. Cloud…

​Over the next few years, it’s likely that more and more of your information is going to live “in the cloud” (translation: in a data center somewhere on the Internet). Between documents, music, movies, photos, and apps, most of us are accumulating vast amounts of digital content. Cloud…

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Protecting Your Identity During a Break Up
March 26, 2018

​In recent articles, we’ve talked about familiar fraud and the risks of identity theft after a separation or divorce. However, you don’t need to have tied the knot to be at risk. Romantic partners can also steal your identity when a relationship hits the skids. A 2013 McAfee study found that…

​In recent articles, we’ve talked about familiar fraud and the risks of identity theft after a separation or divorce. However, you don’t need to have tied the knot to be at risk. Romantic partners can also steal your identity when a relationship hits the skids. A 2013 McAfee study found that…

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Mobile App Permissions Protect Your Privacy
February 05, 2018

From fitness trackers to personal assistants, mobile apps make life easier, but they can also put your privacy at risk. To provide personalized services, mobile apps gather and transmit information such as your locations, behaviors, and personal data. Bad actors can use that information in many…

From fitness trackers to personal assistants, mobile apps make life easier, but they can also put your privacy at risk. To provide personalized services, mobile apps gather and transmit information such as your locations, behaviors, and personal data. Bad actors can use that information in many…

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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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August 31, 2017

When you surf the web, you’re likely seeking information or entertainment. You don’t want to spend time setting up new accounts at one website after another, each with another password you have to keep track of. So the quicker path can be tempting when a site offers you the option of logging in…

When you surf the web, you’re likely seeking information or entertainment. You don’t want to spend time setting up new accounts at one website after another, each with another password you have to keep track of. So the quicker path can be tempting when a site offers you the option of logging in…

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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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April 06, 2017

In October 2016, a massive cyber attack took down popular websites such as Netflix, Twitter, and Spotify. “Denial of service” attacks against websites have become pretty commonplace, but this one was different. Instead of using standard computers to generate the massive traffic needed to take…

In October 2016, a massive cyber attack took down popular websites such as Netflix, Twitter, and Spotify. “Denial of service” attacks against websites have become pretty commonplace, but this one was different. Instead of using standard computers to generate the massive traffic needed to take…

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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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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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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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Smart Security for the Smart Home
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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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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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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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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August 28, 2016

If you had as many credit cards as you do online accounts, you’d walk around with a backpack in place of a wallet. Seriously, every time you get a digital subscription or shop online, you have to set up another account and remember another password, and it can drive you crazy. So it’s really…

If you had as many credit cards as you do online accounts, you’d walk around with a backpack in place of a wallet. Seriously, every time you get a digital subscription or shop online, you have to set up another account and remember another password, and it can drive you crazy. So it’s really…

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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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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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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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