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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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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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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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In the News
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July 23, 2017

If you use any type of social media or a variety of mobile apps, you sometimes receive notices about changes in the website’s privacy policies. And if you’re a very smart citizen of the internet, you read those notices and keep track of privacy settings for your browsers and social media…

If you use any type of social media or a variety of mobile apps, you sometimes receive notices about changes in the website’s privacy policies. And if you’re a very smart citizen of the internet, you read those notices and keep track of privacy settings for your browsers and social media…

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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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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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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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In the News
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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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June 01, 2017

If you’ve ever received a letter saying that you’re part of a data breach, you’re not alone. According to a report in Security Week News, over 700 million records containing personal information were breached in 2015, about twice the number of people in the U.S. With numbers like those, most…

If you’ve ever received a letter saying that you’re part of a data breach, you’re not alone. According to a report in Security Week News, over 700 million records containing personal information were breached in 2015, about twice the number of people in the U.S. With numbers like those, most…

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May 11, 2017

Anyone can become a victim of medical identity theft which can be a great risk to a patient’s well-being. But elderly patients can be at higher risk because their Medicare coverage is a popular target for insurance fraud and because they may be less aware of the potential for identity theft. If…

Anyone can become a victim of medical identity theft which can be a great risk to a patient’s well-being. But elderly patients can be at higher risk because their Medicare coverage is a popular target for insurance fraud and because they may be less aware of the potential for identity theft. If…

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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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How to Write an Obituary That is ID Theft Proof
April 27, 2017

In the week or so after a loved one dies, you or another family member will likely be tasked with writing the obituary. Summing up a person’s life is an immense, if not impossible, task. But these days finding the right words is only one of the challenges—preventing identity theft is perhaps…

In the week or so after a loved one dies, you or another family member will likely be tasked with writing the obituary. Summing up a person’s life is an immense, if not impossible, task. But these days finding the right words is only one of the challenges—preventing identity theft is perhaps…

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Latest Scams
What Is Card Skimming?
April 09, 2017

Credit and debit cards are so convenient, and many of them offer perks like cash back or merchandise credit, so it can be tempting to use them everywhere. Unfortunately, thieves also love to cash in on your card numbers, and they can often steal them in plain sight, sometimes without the card even…

Credit and debit cards are so convenient, and many of them offer perks like cash back or merchandise credit, so it can be tempting to use them everywhere. Unfortunately, thieves also love to cash in on your card numbers, and they can often steal them in plain sight, sometimes without the card even…

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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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Helpful Tips
How to Read Your Credit Report
March 14, 2017

So, you’ve received your free credit report…now what? Checking your credit report regularly is an important way you can help protect yourself from identity theft. If you’ve never reviewed one before, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or have questions. We want to help you fully understand your…

So, you’ve received your free credit report…now what? Checking your credit report regularly is an important way you can help protect yourself from identity theft. If you’ve never reviewed one before, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or have questions. We want to help you fully understand your…

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In the News
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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How Reading EOBs Can Help Prevent Medical Identity Theft
March 05, 2017

Let’s face it: your medical insurance explanation of benefits (EOB) is not a great read. Those letters with the funky codes and the big letters that say “THIS IS NOT A BILL” can be confusing or, at best, boring. It may be tempting to throw EOB statements in a file and deal with them later.…

Let’s face it: your medical insurance explanation of benefits (EOB) is not a great read. Those letters with the funky codes and the big letters that say “THIS IS NOT A BILL” can be confusing or, at best, boring. It may be tempting to throw EOB statements in a file and deal with them later.…

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Medical Identity Theft Protection
February 28, 2017

Back in the days of old country doctors, one doctor treated every ailment and knew everyone in town. If someone walked into the office claiming to be someone else, the doctor would have called their family and asked whether the patient had hit their head or had too much to drink. Today, we rely on…

Back in the days of old country doctors, one doctor treated every ailment and knew everyone in town. If someone walked into the office claiming to be someone else, the doctor would have called their family and asked whether the patient had hit their head or had too much to drink. Today, we rely on…

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Latest Scams
Watch Out for Home Improvement Scams
February 23, 2017

We have a great deal for you! Simply fill out this form to see if you qualify for … well, you name it. “Great deal” scams sound a lot like that, and they work—which is why they’ve been around a long time. Sadly, they’re just one of many scams often associated with the home improvement…

We have a great deal for you! Simply fill out this form to see if you qualify for … well, you name it. “Great deal” scams sound a lot like that, and they work—which is why they’ve been around a long time. Sadly, they’re just one of many scams often associated with the home improvement…

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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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Lock Down Your Home’s Wi-Fi
February 09, 2017

You wouldn’t leave a key in your front door overnight. Or open all your windows while you’re away on vacation. But many people expose themselves to a different sort of home invasion by failing to secure their wireless networks and the digital devices that connect to them. Internet service…

You wouldn’t leave a key in your front door overnight. Or open all your windows while you’re away on vacation. But many people expose themselves to a different sort of home invasion by failing to secure their wireless networks and the digital devices that connect to them. Internet service…

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Latest Scams
Spot Impostor Email Scams—at Work and Home
February 02, 2017

According to the Radicati Group, each day people around the world exchange about 205 billion emails. Although many people read and respond to dozens of personal emails, the majority of total email traffic comes from the business world, where workers send and receive a daily average of more than 130…

According to the Radicati Group, each day people around the world exchange about 205 billion emails. Although many people read and respond to dozens of personal emails, the majority of total email traffic comes from the business world, where workers send and receive a daily average of more than 130…

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Did You Know?
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
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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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In the News
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August 21, 2016

You’ve seen them: the ads with sensational headlines about celebrity breakups, or before and after photos of the latest and greatest diet. Well, those are what the online advertising industry calls “clickbait,” provocative or sensational content used to motivate users to click on a link. At…

You’ve seen them: the ads with sensational headlines about celebrity breakups, or before and after photos of the latest and greatest diet. Well, those are what the online advertising industry calls “clickbait,” provocative or sensational content used to motivate users to click on a link. At…

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August 04, 2016

You’re spending a quiet Saturday at home when you get a call from your credit card company. Have you been buying computer equipment and liquor in Las Vegas? Or have you been on a shopping spree at Chanel and dining out in Paris, France? Well, wouldn’t that be nice – if it had been you.…

You’re spending a quiet Saturday at home when you get a call from your credit card company. Have you been buying computer equipment and liquor in Las Vegas? Or have you been on a shopping spree at Chanel and dining out in Paris, France? Well, wouldn’t that be nice – if it had been you.…

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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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Helpful Tips
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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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June 23, 2016

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to scrub, air out, and let the sun shine in! And decluttering is all the rage, so your spring-cleaning routine probably includes going through closets, cupboards, old files, and getting rid of paperwork that’s been piling up. This…

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to scrub, air out, and let the sun shine in! And decluttering is all the rage, so your spring-cleaning routine probably includes going through closets, cupboards, old files, and getting rid of paperwork that’s been piling up. This…

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