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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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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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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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In the News
ACA Repeal Could Affect Your Identity
January 30, 2017

It’s not clear when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be repealed or how it will be replaced. But when it happens, it’s possible that as the population of uninsured people grows, there is an increased likelihood of medical identity theft for Americans who still have coverage. Stolen medical…

It’s not clear when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be repealed or how it will be replaced. But when it happens, it’s possible that as the population of uninsured people grows, there is an increased likelihood of medical identity theft for Americans who still have coverage. Stolen medical…

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Latest Scams
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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Latest Scams
Spotting Phishing Emails: Who’s Waldo?
January 08, 2017

You consider yourself internet-savvy, right? You’d never fall for one of those phishing emails from some Nigerian “prince” who wants to give you his entire family fortune if you’ll just send your bank account number and a $5,000 transfer fee. But some email scams aren’t that obvious. In…

You consider yourself internet-savvy, right? You’d never fall for one of those phishing emails from some Nigerian “prince” who wants to give you his entire family fortune if you’ll just send your bank account number and a $5,000 transfer fee. But some email scams aren’t that obvious. In…

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In the News
How Criminals Create Synthetic Identity Theft
January 05, 2017

Most people believe that identity theft involves theft of your whole identity. A thief comes along and steals your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and other private data, and then uses it to apply for credit cards in your name or commit other forms of fraud. If only it were so simple.…

Most people believe that identity theft involves theft of your whole identity. A thief comes along and steals your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and other private data, and then uses it to apply for credit cards in your name or commit other forms of fraud. If only it were so simple.…

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CSI: Criminal Identity Theft
January 01, 2017

It seems like Americans can’t get enough of crime dramas or reality TV. But if your name popped up on Dateline NBC, wouldn’t it be surreal? Yet stranger things have happened. As ConsumerAction.org noted recently, every day innocent people have their identities stolen and used to commit crimes,…

It seems like Americans can’t get enough of crime dramas or reality TV. But if your name popped up on Dateline NBC, wouldn’t it be surreal? Yet stranger things have happened. As ConsumerAction.org noted recently, every day innocent people have their identities stolen and used to commit crimes,…

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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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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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Trek the Halls (or the Friendly Skies)
December 11, 2016

December is here, the halls are decked, and many of us are heading home for the holidays. We look forward to being with friends and family, but getting there isn’t always a joyful process, especially if you have to fly. If you’re dreading holiday air travel, here are some tips to make your trip…

December is here, the halls are decked, and many of us are heading home for the holidays. We look forward to being with friends and family, but getting there isn’t always a joyful process, especially if you have to fly. If you’re dreading holiday air travel, here are some tips to make your trip…

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Did You Know?
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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Helpful Tips
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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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
For Password Security, Longer Is Better
November 13, 2016

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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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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Helpful Tips
Zombieland: Old Social Media Accounts Can Eat Your Identity
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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Credit Fraud and Identity Theft: What’s the Difference?
October 27, 2016

Identity theft is like ice cream in that it comes in a variety of flavors—but you’re not likely to enjoy a single one of them. People often think credit fraud and identity theft are the same thing, but in fact credit fraud is just one of the many unpleasant “flavors” of identity theft.…

Identity theft is like ice cream in that it comes in a variety of flavors—but you’re not likely to enjoy a single one of them. People often think credit fraud and identity theft are the same thing, but in fact credit fraud is just one of the many unpleasant “flavors” of identity theft.…

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Helpful Tips
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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Did You Know?
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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Helpful Tips
Credit Report Basics: What You Should Know
October 16, 2016

Like every adult who’s ever had a credit card, you probably know that you have a credit score that businesses can check to see if you’re a good financial risk. If you regularly request your credit report, which you can do for free once a year, you get an A+ for practicing good identity hygiene.…

Like every adult who’s ever had a credit card, you probably know that you have a credit score that businesses can check to see if you’re a good financial risk. If you regularly request your credit report, which you can do for free once a year, you get an A+ for practicing good identity hygiene.…

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In the News
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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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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In the News
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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Get Street Smart on Social Media
August 25, 2016

According to Statista.com, there are about 2 billion social media users worldwide, a group bigger than any city in the world. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, LinkedIn, Vine, Pinterest, and more—we can’t resist the urge to share. But think if you lived in a giant city, would you call…

According to Statista.com, there are about 2 billion social media users worldwide, a group bigger than any city in the world. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, LinkedIn, Vine, Pinterest, and more—we can’t resist the urge to share. But think if you lived in a giant city, would you call…

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Did You Know?
Road Trips to Nowhere
July 28, 2016

True story: Nineteen friends rented the Lake Tahoe chalet of their dreams. For $8,000 a week, they were promised 2-story windows with a view of the lake, a pool, a hot tub, a designer kitchen, roaring fireplaces, and all steps away from the water and the slopes. Best vacation ever . . . except it…

True story: Nineteen friends rented the Lake Tahoe chalet of their dreams. For $8,000 a week, they were promised 2-story windows with a view of the lake, a pool, a hot tub, a designer kitchen, roaring fireplaces, and all steps away from the water and the slopes. Best vacation ever . . . except it…

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Helpful Tips
Easing Password Pain
June 30, 2016

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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