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Keeping Safe When Online Dating Moves Offline
September 28, 2018

​In a recent article we talked about the privacy risks of online dating and some ways to protect your identity while looking for love. The risks change when you find a potential sweetheart and the dating moves offline. That’s when you also need to think about physical safety. ​As with social…

​In a recent article we talked about the privacy risks of online dating and some ways to protect your identity while looking for love. The risks change when you find a potential sweetheart and the dating moves offline. That’s when you also need to think about physical safety. ​As with social…

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Social Media Savvy for Seniors
September 17, 2018

​Older adults are flocking to social media. A Pew Research survey found that as of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 are Internet users, and seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups using social networking sites. Sites like Facebook are great for keeping up with friends and family, and…

​Older adults are flocking to social media. A Pew Research survey found that as of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 are Internet users, and seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups using social networking sites. Sites like Facebook are great for keeping up with friends and family, and…

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Latest Scams
Angler Phishing Uses Customer Service as Bait
August 27, 2018

​Businesses don’t always live up to expectations, whether it’s your bank botching a transfer or a surly barista messing with your morning latte. These days, social media is important to a business’s brand, so a negative Facebook post, Twitter comment, or Yelp review can sometimes get their…

​Businesses don’t always live up to expectations, whether it’s your bank botching a transfer or a surly barista messing with your morning latte. These days, social media is important to a business’s brand, so a negative Facebook post, Twitter comment, or Yelp review can sometimes get their…

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The privacy and identity protection risks of online dating
August 20, 2018

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential to compromise your privacy, your reputation, and…

​If you believe online dating advertisements, your perfect romantic match is out there, just waiting for you to connect. What dating sites don’t advertise is all the other risks that might be waiting for you, too. Online dating has the potential to compromise your privacy, your reputation, and…

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Children going back-to-school, unaware that child identity theft is on the rise.
August 06, 2018

​Yes, “back to school” time has arrived: that time of summer when the school supply sales start, children lament how short summer has been, and parents reflect on how long it’s been. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or heading off to college, you are undoubtedly filing out…

​Yes, “back to school” time has arrived: that time of summer when the school supply sales start, children lament how short summer has been, and parents reflect on how long it’s been. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or heading off to college, you are undoubtedly filing out…

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Protecting Kids from Cyberbullying
June 25, 2018

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in digital communication and the problem of bullying…

​Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? Unfortunately, it’s not true. Words can hurt and put kids at risk of anxiety, depression, other stress-related disorders, and even suicide. Add in digital communication and the problem of bullying…

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Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media
May 21, 2018

​From the time they can talk and walk, we teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But on social media, kids can’t always tell who’s a stranger. GuardChild reports that 55 percent of teens have given out personal information online, including photos and physical descriptions, to someone they…

​From the time they can talk and walk, we teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But on social media, kids can’t always tell who’s a stranger. GuardChild reports that 55 percent of teens have given out personal information online, including photos and physical descriptions, to someone they…

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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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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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In the News
Privacy and the Internet
April 09, 2018

​Hard on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal comes the news that Facebook has been recording some users’ mobile phone call logs for years. While many Facebook users are understandably upset about these privacy intrusions, the truth is that much of the Internet is devoted to tracking…

​Hard on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal comes the news that Facebook has been recording some users’ mobile phone call logs for years. While many Facebook users are understandably upset about these privacy intrusions, the truth is that much of the Internet is devoted to tracking…

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In the News
Keeping Your Privacy on Facebook
March 21, 2018

​By now, you’ve seen the news stories about Cambridge Analytica (CA), a British research firm that harvested information from the Facebook accounts of millions of Americans with the intent to influence voters. About 270,000 Facebook users agreed to take to a short personality quiz offered by…

​By now, you’ve seen the news stories about Cambridge Analytica (CA), a British research firm that harvested information from the Facebook accounts of millions of Americans with the intent to influence voters. About 270,000 Facebook users agreed to take to a short personality quiz offered by…

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Latest Scams
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October 15, 2017

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so here’s what millennials (and any other job…

Job hunting is now a digital process, and like anything digital, it’s become a target for hackers and scammers. Because the millennial generation is now the largest part of the workforce, they have become the prime targets of these criminals, so here’s what millennials (and any other job…

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In the News
Pictures of You: Your Privacy in Public
September 24, 2017

From tabloid covers and gossip blogs to mainstream news, we’re constantly seeing embarrassing photos of the rich and famous. But it’s not just celebrities who can be harmed by inappropriately shared photos. With smartphone cameras in our hands all the time, and social media just a click away,…

From tabloid covers and gossip blogs to mainstream news, we’re constantly seeing embarrassing photos of the rich and famous. But it’s not just celebrities who can be harmed by inappropriately shared photos. With smartphone cameras in our hands all the time, and social media just a click away,…

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Latest Scams
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September 07, 2017

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center There’s nothing in the world quite like the love of a grandparent…and scammers are counting on that. There have been so many reports in recent years that one particularly horrific scam has its own term: the grandparent…

A guest post by Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center There’s nothing in the world quite like the love of a grandparent…and scammers are counting on that. There have been so many reports in recent years that one particularly horrific scam has its own term: the grandparent…

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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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In the News
Alternative Facts Can Cause Real Trouble
August 20, 2017

Lately it seems like half the news is about “fake news”. Whether you’re outraged or amused by the flood of misinformation, it’s important to be able to sort fact from fiction because some of the “alternative facts” out there are intended to help scammers take advantage of you. Online…

Lately it seems like half the news is about “fake news”. Whether you’re outraged or amused by the flood of misinformation, it’s important to be able to sort fact from fiction because some of the “alternative facts” out there are intended to help scammers take advantage of you. Online…

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In the News
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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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In the News
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August 13, 2017

Research indicates that social media behavior has a strong impact on the brain, from impulse control, to depression and self-esteem. Sharing photos of yourself with friends and family and getting likes or shares can be hard to resist. But did you know that facial recognition technology, like that…

Research indicates that social media behavior has a strong impact on the brain, from impulse control, to depression and self-esteem. Sharing photos of yourself with friends and family and getting likes or shares can be hard to resist. But did you know that facial recognition technology, like that…

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Did You Know?
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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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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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Protect Kids with Online Parental Controls
April 13, 2017

The internet is a wonderful place for children to learn, communicate, play, and explore. But of course, the internet can also be a dangerous place where children can encounter adult content, criminals, and numerous other threats. Little wonder, then, that many parents are looking for smart,…

The internet is a wonderful place for children to learn, communicate, play, and explore. But of course, the internet can also be a dangerous place where children can encounter adult content, criminals, and numerous other threats. Little wonder, then, that many parents are looking for smart,…

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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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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 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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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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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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