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Charging stations – power supply or identity theft scam?
May 21, 2017

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is it? Before you plug in, stop and take a minute to…

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about when you realize the battery on your mobile device is almost empty. You don’t have a charger with you, but wait! . . . You spy a free charging station with built-in USB chargers. Perfect! Or is it? Before you plug in, stop and take a minute to…

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Medical ID Theft
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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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 Spyware: Are You Being Bugged?
April 30, 2017

Spies and FBI agents on TV are always checking their rooms for listening devices, to see if they’re being bugged. But in the real world, have you ever thought that even you could be a victim of such heart-racing espionage? With easy-to-install spyware, your phone can be turned into a surveillance…

Spies and FBI agents on TV are always checking their rooms for listening devices, to see if they’re being bugged. But in the real world, have you ever thought that even you could be a victim of such heart-racing espionage? With easy-to-install spyware, your phone can be turned into a surveillance…

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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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Are You Being Tracked by Ads?
February 07, 2017

Have you noticed that certain ads follow you around the internet and pop up on nearly every website that you visit? Advertisers are watching your behavior and paying for those ads to follow you around. It’s great for retailers because they can spend their advertising dollars reaching the people…

Have you noticed that certain ads follow you around the internet and pop up on nearly every website that you visit? Advertisers are watching your behavior and paying for those ads to follow you around. It’s great for retailers because they can spend their advertising dollars reaching the people…

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Identity Theft Scam Predictions: 2017 Edition
January 26, 2017

Every new year brings with it new hope, new plans … and new identity theft scams, as unfortunately some criminals are resolved to make life miserable for the rest of us. The list that follows includes some trending scams that you’ll likely hear more about in 2017, as well as some old…

Every new year brings with it new hope, new plans … and new identity theft scams, as unfortunately some criminals are resolved to make life miserable for the rest of us. The list that follows includes some trending scams that you’ll likely hear more about in 2017, as well as some old…

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Smart Security for the Smart Home | Privacy and IoT
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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Burglary in Process
December 08, 2016

If you or anyone you know has ever experienced a break-in, you know how stressful and upsetting it is. You have to notify the police, deal with the insurance company, possibly make repairs, and you may find yourself considering additional security. Unfortunately, personal loss from a burglary…

If you or anyone you know has ever experienced a break-in, you know how stressful and upsetting it is. You have to notify the police, deal with the insurance company, possibly make repairs, and you may find yourself considering additional security. Unfortunately, personal loss from a burglary…

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The 5 Best Security Gifts to Give
December 04, 2016

Do you sometimes struggle to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member? Maybe Dad doesn’t need another tie, or your significant other is a power shopper who already has everything. So consider giving a little peace of mind, which is something everyone can use. Here are five great ideas…

Do you sometimes struggle to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member? Maybe Dad doesn’t need another tie, or your significant other is a power shopper who already has everything. So consider giving a little peace of mind, which is something everyone can use. Here are five great ideas…

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Safe Social Media for Kids
November 27, 2016

Social media has become a rite of passage for young adults. It’s a place to meet with friends, share experiences, and express themselves in creative ways. It can also get them into deep trouble if they’re not prepared for its dangers. Sexual predators, cyber bullies, and criminals flock to…

Social media has become a rite of passage for young adults. It’s a place to meet with friends, share experiences, and express themselves in creative ways. It can also get them into deep trouble if they’re not prepared for its dangers. Sexual predators, cyber bullies, and criminals flock to…

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Stay Safe when Online Holiday Shopping
November 20, 2016

The holidays are a time for family and friends, ritual and celebration. Unfortunately, they’ve also become a time for cybersecurity attacks that can put a serious crimp in your festive mood. A report by software and solutions provider AppRiver found that there were 944 million quarantined…

The holidays are a time for family and friends, ritual and celebration. Unfortunately, they’ve also become a time for cybersecurity attacks that can put a serious crimp in your festive mood. A report by software and solutions provider AppRiver found that there were 944 million quarantined…

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Securing Your Home Wi-Fi: The Invisibility Defense
November 10, 2016

Internet access at home has become a must for most people: adults need it for work, bills, and shopping; kids need it for homework; and everyone uses it to download entertainment and keep in touch with friends. Many of us get web access with a home Wi-Fi network, but most of us don’t know how to…

Internet access at home has become a must for most people: adults need it for work, bills, and shopping; kids need it for homework; and everyone uses it to download entertainment and keep in touch with friends. Many of us get web access with a home Wi-Fi network, but most of us don’t know how to…

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Online Privacy Settings
October 23, 2016

You can find almost anything on the internet, whether you’re doing serious research or settling an argument about song lyrics or old movies. But while you’re surfing for information, other people are probably gathering information on you, courtesy of your browsers. Some of that information can…

You can find almost anything on the internet, whether you’re doing serious research or settling an argument about song lyrics or old movies. But while you’re surfing for information, other people are probably gathering information on you, courtesy of your browsers. Some of that information can…

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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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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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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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When Should You Provide Your Social Security Number?
September 22, 2016

These days it seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number, or SSN. Whether you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, visiting the DMV, or applying for a credit card, you’re likely going to be asked to hand over that unique and highly…

These days it seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number, or SSN. Whether you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, visiting the DMV, or applying for a credit card, you’re likely going to be asked to hand over that unique and highly…

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Stay Safe With Workers in Your House
September 18, 2016

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we tend to think of them as refuges where our friends and family gather. But think back over the past few months: How many other people, people you didn’t know very well, have spent time in your house? If you’ve had any work done on your home—from plumbing…

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we tend to think of them as refuges where our friends and family gather. But think back over the past few months: How many other people, people you didn’t know very well, have spent time in your house? If you’ve had any work done on your home—from plumbing…

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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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In the News
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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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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Defending Your Bucket List
September 04, 2016

What’s your retirement dream? Will you visit every country on your bucket list? Will you learn to paint or bike across America? Volunteer in a community garden, or buy a cabin by a river and go fishing every day? Or maybe you’re already living your retirement dream, and still adding adventures…

What’s your retirement dream? Will you visit every country on your bucket list? Will you learn to paint or bike across America? Volunteer in a community garden, or buy a cabin by a river and go fishing every day? Or maybe you’re already living your retirement dream, and still adding adventures…

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Diagnosis: Fraud
September 01, 2016

Life is full of surprises. Imagine that you’re going through today’s mail or email, and you find an explanation of benefits from your health insurance company saying that your prostate surgery is 100% covered by your insurance. This should be good news, right? Except that you’re a 35-year-old…

Life is full of surprises. Imagine that you’re going through today’s mail or email, and you find an explanation of benefits from your health insurance company saying that your prostate surgery is 100% covered by your insurance. This should be good news, right? Except that you’re a 35-year-old…

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Helpful Tips
What is Safe Surfing?
August 18, 2016

Are you someone who always knows what’s trending online? The latest breaking news, the trending memes, or Twitter buzz? You can find out a lot online, but surfing the internet can also teach some hard lessons. Browsing mistakes can lead to identity theft or get your computer infected with malware…

Are you someone who always knows what’s trending online? The latest breaking news, the trending memes, or Twitter buzz? You can find out a lot online, but surfing the internet can also teach some hard lessons. Browsing mistakes can lead to identity theft or get your computer infected with malware…

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Become a Cyber Sleuth - Beware of ID Theft Scams
August 14, 2016

Every time you check your email your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be lurking there, hoping to steal your passwords, your personal and financial information, or to take control of your computer or files. Their “phishing” scams use different kinds of bait to…

Every time you check your email your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be lurking there, hoping to steal your passwords, your personal and financial information, or to take control of your computer or files. Their “phishing” scams use different kinds of bait to…

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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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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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Dorm Diseases: Netflix Outbreaks and Spotify Epidemics
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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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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