Posts from December, 2011
Parking lots overflow. Shoppers jostle for must-have gifts. Holiday spending may be in full swing, but not everyone is on the lookout for the best deals. Some people are simply looking out for distracted shoppers and the chance to steal a credit card or worse, an entire wallet and someone’s identity.
Viruses lurk everywhere on the Web, possibly even behind the holiday animations and e-cards that make the rounds this time of year. While we here at ProtectMyID don’t want to be scrooges, we do want you to be careful. Because that free holiday ringtone may come with a hidden cost – a virus that steals your personal data and leaves you susceptible to identity theft.
There are plenty of legitimate charities that need your donations this time of the year. And plenty of illegitimate ones that just want to con you. Donate to a bogus charity and you’ll lose out on the donated dollar amount. You might lose even more to identity theft if your personal and payment data accompanied your donation. The Federal Trade Commission names the following tactics as red flags of potential charity fraud:
Signs of the holidays seem to come earlier and earlier. While much of this enthusiasm seems premature, it’s never too early to prepare when it comes to safety. So, as you’re finalizing the details of this winter’s family reunion, beach escape or alpine adventure, take note of what you should do to prepare your home for your absence.