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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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Identity Theft Insurance: What Does It Really Get You?
July 20, 2017

If you read the headlines, you probably know that identity theft reached an all-time high in 2016, and perhaps you’ve considered getting some kind of identity protection coverage. You’ve probably also seen those ads boasting that one company is so confident they can protect your identity that…

If you read the headlines, you probably know that identity theft reached an all-time high in 2016, and perhaps you’ve considered getting some kind of identity protection coverage. You’ve probably also seen those ads boasting that one company is so confident they can protect your identity that…

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RFID Skimming: is the danger real?
July 09, 2017

You probably know that the embedded computer chips now found in most credit and debit cards are meant to protect you from financial fraud. And you also may have heard that thieves could now steal your card number just by walking near you, or you may have seen ads for products to prevent this kind…

You probably know that the embedded computer chips now found in most credit and debit cards are meant to protect you from financial fraud. And you also may have heard that thieves could now steal your card number just by walking near you, or you may have seen ads for products to prevent this kind…

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Identity Theft Scams that Target College Students
June 22, 2017

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is off to college. You moved them into the dorm, said slightly tearful goodbyes, reminisced on the way home about how fast they’ve grown up, and now you can relax, right? Well, before you get too comfy, you need to do some continuing education of your own.…

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Home Security for your Vacation
June 18, 2017

You’ve been working hard, and now you’re finally taking a vacation. You want to leave your worries behind, knowing that all will be well while you’re gone. Here are some timely tips to help keep your home safe so you don’t come home to stressful surprises. Before You Leave Make your…

You’ve been working hard, and now you’re finally taking a vacation. You want to leave your worries behind, knowing that all will be well while you’re gone. Here are some timely tips to help keep your home safe so you don’t come home to stressful surprises. Before You Leave Make your…

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Breach Protection Services: What are the differences?
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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Keep Yourself Safe When Using Public Computers
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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Which Terms and Conditions Are a Must-Read?
May 14, 2017

The joke goes that if you want to hide some really important information, you should put it in the middle of some pages of terms and conditions—because nobody ever reads those. There’s some truth to the joke, but some terms and conditions (aka terms of service) really need to be read because…

The joke goes that if you want to hide some really important information, you should put it in the middle of some pages of terms and conditions—because nobody ever reads those. There’s some truth to the joke, but some terms and conditions (aka terms of service) really need to be read because…

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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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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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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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Does Prescreening Hurt Your Credit Score?
February 16, 2017

If you’re like many Americans, your mailbox is filled with daily, weekly, or certainly monthly offers from credit card companies, insurance companies, and other vendors that have prescreened you by assessing your credit score—and decided to make you an offer. The question often arises: Do…

If you’re like many Americans, your mailbox is filled with daily, weekly, or certainly monthly offers from credit card companies, insurance companies, and other vendors that have prescreened you by assessing your credit score—and decided to make you an offer. The question often arises: Do…

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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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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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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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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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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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Tips to Avoid Unsafe Toys
December 01, 2016

Who doesn’t enjoy the look of excitement on a child’s face when they receive a new toy? But did you know that each year, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms with toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign? Of course, this doesn’t mean that…

Who doesn’t enjoy the look of excitement on a child’s face when they receive a new toy? But did you know that each year, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms with toy-related injuries, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign? Of course, this doesn’t mean that…

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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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Identity Catch-22: Children and Credit Reports
November 24, 2016

There are so many rites of passage into adult life: learning to drive, graduating from high school, maybe college, your first job. Then there are the financial rites of passage: setting up your own bank account, renting an apartment, your first credit card. Sadly, identity theft can rob your child…

There are so many rites of passage into adult life: learning to drive, graduating from high school, maybe college, your first job. Then there are the financial rites of passage: setting up your own bank account, renting an apartment, your first credit card. Sadly, identity theft can rob your child…

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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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Real or Fake? How to Choose a Charity
November 17, 2016

The holiday season is upon us, and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people will dig deep for Giving Tuesday, the international day to donate to charities large and small. Big-hearted Americans gave a record-breaking $373 billion to charity in 2015. But as you consider your charitable…

The holiday season is upon us, and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people will dig deep for Giving Tuesday, the international day to donate to charities large and small. Big-hearted Americans gave a record-breaking $373 billion to charity in 2015. But as you consider your charitable…

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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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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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Easy Money - Avoid Employment Scams
November 06, 2016

Think that job you see advertised online or in a newspaper seems too good to be true? There is a good chance your hunch is correct. Employment scams are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be able to identify fraudulent job listings. How can you tell if a job posting is fake? One…

Think that job you see advertised online or in a newspaper seems too good to be true? There is a good chance your hunch is correct. Employment scams are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be able to identify fraudulent job listings. How can you tell if a job posting is fake? One…

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Work Ethics: Employment ID Theft
November 03, 2016

Do you ever have that morning when you wish someone else would go to work for you so you could sleep in or hang out? Doesn’t everyone have those mornings? Well, unbeknownst to you, someone could be going to work as you, and it’s not as great as it sounds. In fact, it could be…

Do you ever have that morning when you wish someone else would go to work for you so you could sleep in or hang out? Doesn’t everyone have those mornings? Well, unbeknownst to you, someone could be going to work as you, and it’s not as great as it sounds. In fact, it could be…

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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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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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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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