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

 

Shopping Secure This Holiday Season

Dec 02

Shopping Secure This Holiday Season With the busy holiday months looming, it’s no surprise that scammers, hucksters and identity thieves mark it as a red-letter time to try and capture your information while you’re busy trying to celebrate the season. Each year, their efforts take new forms as they gain access to new technology, all to further their attempts to […]

Protecting Your ID When You’re Always Connected

Oct 12

Protecting Your ID When You’re Always Connected With more and more of our time spent connected to smart devices, security is always an important factor to consider whether you’re working on files that live in the cloud, filing photos, or trying to get to the next level of your favorite online game. Your smartphone or tablet could be a target for a […]

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 […]