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Lessons and stories from the front lines of fighting identity theft.

 

Medical Identity Theft During Flu Season

Sep 21

Medical Identity Theft During Flu Season If fall has arrived, that means a few more things are here with certainty. All things pumpkin, shorter days (and maybe sweater weather), and the approach of flu shot signs popping up at neighborhood grocery stores and druggists can’t be far behind. In recent years, physicians and pharmacists have begun to offer flu shots earlier and […]

7 Ways to Protect Your Identity in College

Sep 07

7 Ways to Protect Your Identity in College Whether it’s your first fall on campus as a college freshman or you’re returning to campus as an upperclassman, college is an undeniably busy time where you’re juggling new information each semester. With the lists of books to rent or buy, lab courses to register for and activities to schedule, it’s all too easy to […]

A Three-Bureau Report: Why Do They Help?

Jul 13

A Three-Bureau Report: Why Do They Help? When it comes to your credit, most people know there are three main credit reporting agencies. How they’re different is something that’s less clear. People know that each maintains a credit report for them, but why would there be reasons to look at information from more than one? What’s the point of looking at your […]

Make the Most of Summer Fun: Keep Identity Theft at Bay

Jun 22

Make the Most of Summer Fun: Keep Identity Theft at Bay There’s just no time of the year more relaxing than the long days of summer– the time of year meant for hammocks, parties on the patio, and firing up the grill. When the kids are home and visitors roll into town to toast them, parties are thrown and it’s time to celebrate across the country. […]

After a Data Breach: How Long Should I Be Concerned?

May 18

After a Data Breach: How Long Should I Be Concerned? Cyber thieves are becoming smarter about when they defraud consumers. After a data breach, find out steps to take to protect your information.

Calling all Digital Packrats: Spring-Clean Your Devices to Avoid Identity Theft

Apr 13

Calling all Digital Packrats: Spring-Clean Your Devices to Avoid Identity Theft Have you become a digital packrat? It’s all too easy to slack when things are busy, but if you have over a thousand images in your camera roll, or your inbox has exploded in recent months, you might be holding onto way more – and in a less secure place – than you mean to. […]

Pre- and Post-Filing Tax Fraud Fighting Tips

Mar 10

Pre- and Post-Filing Tax Fraud Fighting Tips The frenzy of tax season is something that identity thieves count on: they hope you’ll be far too busy to keep track of all the ways to secure your information before and after you file. And as we know, identity thieves love tax season. Personal identifying and financial information is flying around and the stress […]

Phishers and Phrauds: How to Spot ‘Em

Feb 10

Phishers and Phrauds: How to Spot ‘Em Phishing: it’s a newer term that you might not be familiar with yet. In the years since the information superhighway turned into the World Wide Web, new words have sprung up specifically to describe certain activities that only take place online. The Federal Trade Commission defines phishing as the act of thieves impersonating businesses to […]

Identity Theft Now Accounts for Nearly Half of All Detected Fraud

Jan 13

Identity Theft Now Accounts for Nearly Half of All Detected Fraud With more than 850 million (yes – million) records breached already, data breaches are an epidemic that isn’t likely to end anytime soon. If it feels like you’re hearing about a breach fairly regularly, you’re right, and at their current rate, that means that a new identity theft victim is attacked every two seconds. For […]

Chip-and-PIN: The Payment Card Transition

Jan 07

Chip-and-PIN: The Payment Card Transition It was the biggest story in the world of payment cards in 2015, but it’s not over just yet. As retailers switch over their terminals and processes, some are still struggling to make the switch to the new process, known as EMV. Your holiday shopping might have yielded some interesting impressions at pay terminals at […]