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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

Don’t Throw Away Those Bills and Receipts!

Jan 25

Don’t Throw Away Those Bills and Receipts! There are two possible takeaways from the title of this post. Either, the instruction is to shred rather than trash, or, you should infer that there’s value in saving bills and receipts. I believe both statements to be true.

FBI Friday: Two Charged in Identity Theft Scheme

Jan 20

FBI Friday: Two Charged in Identity Theft Scheme Highlights from a recent FBI identity theft case. This article outlines the charges being brought against two individuals for an identity theft scheme allegedly affecting nearly 90 individuals.

Protecting your Information While Using a Public Computer

Jan 18

Protecting your Information While Using a Public Computer While we are all aware that computers retain information from their users, a public computer user may not consider just how dangerous that information could be in the wrong hands. Retained Internet history, passwords or social network log-in credentials provide an excellent opportunity for identity thieves to access all of the information they will need to steal the user’s identity. However, following the tips below can help decrease the risk of becoming the target of identity thieves:

Zappos.com Database Breach

Jan 16

Zappos.com Database Breach Popular online retailer Zappos.com has informed over 24 million customers that the database storing their personal information was hacked. Among the data that may have been accessed are customers' names, e-mail addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of consumers' credit card numbers and cryptographically scrambled passwords (but not the actual password).

Protect Your Child Against Identity Theft

Jan 16

Protect Your Child Against Identity Theft Allowing our children the innocence of their childhood is paramount to us as parents. Because our children are pretty much the center of our universe, we want to do everything in our power to keep them safe and to safeguard their futures. From an identity theft perspective, why are our children, the very people we most want to protect, so vulnerable?

Tips for a Safer New Year

Jan 06

Tips for a Safer New Year New Year’s Resolution season only comes around once a year, carrying with it enough importance and potential to make it worth writing about more than once. Along with the impulse to break bad habits, now is the time to take on new habits to help protect yourself against identity theft.

Video Insight: Experiencing and Managing Identity Theft

Dec 30

Video Insight: Experiencing and Managing Identity Theft Kerry, an identity theft victim, reveals how her identity was stolen and how she dealt with it. Wilma, Victim Advisor at the Identity Theft Resource Center, provides advice on what to do if you become a victim.

My Story: The Disruption of Identity Theft

Dec 28

My Story: The Disruption of Identity Theft There are events in life that disrupt the normal flow of things; the dog escapes, someone goes to the hospital, and so forth. I’ve recently reflected on the disruption of identity theft and thought back to my own experience with it .

What ProtectMyID Gives Its Members

Dec 23

What ProtectMyID Gives Its Members ProtectMyID was founded with the purpose of protecting its members’ identities and we are more committed than ever to protecting our members from identity theft. Here’s how we help keep your identity safe.

Seasons Greetings? That cute little ecard could be a scam.

Dec 21

Seasons Greetings?  That cute little ecard could be a scam. In recent years, the trend to send ecards rather than paper cards has emerged. It’s an economical, eco-friendly alternative, and it’s the procrastinator’s best friend. However, some ecards can contain malware that collects information that is later used to commit identity theft.