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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

What I’ve Learned About Cybersecurity as a Victim Advisor

Oct 21

What I’ve Learned About Cybersecurity as a Victim Advisor By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center One of the common recommendations for individuals when it comes to protecting their identity is to safeguard their information and watch what they post over the internet. With an increase in Smartphone and mobile device usage, accessibility to social networking sites has literally translated to having something within one’s easy reach – the tap of our fingertips. Social networking sites have revolutionized how we communicate and what we do on the internet. As a result, the protection of the information stored in these devices or shared through these forms of internet communication has become a growing concern.

Family, Friend or Foe?: What You Need to Know About Familial and Friendly Fraud

Oct 19

Family, Friend or Foe?: What You Need to Know About Familial and Friendly Fraud By Chuck Whitlock, Identity Theft Author and Investigative Reporter An old adage warns, “Trust no one.” Sadly, when it comes to protecting your identity, these words should become your mantra. While faceless scammers on the Internet or other strangers are often the main suspects in identity thefts, the biggest threat to your identity may be posed by someone who is close to you, even someone you love.

VitalChek, a LexisNexis company, to Offer Experian’s ProtectMyID

Oct 17

VitalChek, a LexisNexis company, to Offer Experian’s ProtectMyID In this day and age, you need vital documents for just about everything. For example, when I fly with my toddler, I am required to show his birth certificate to prove he still is eligible for the under 2 fare. A friend’s parent recently died and she needed multiple copies of the death certificate to provide to the credit reporting agencies as a precaution against identity theft of the deceased. There are a lot of reasons why people who read this blog might be interested in ProtectMyID’s new co-marketing agreement with VitalChek, a leading resource for government issued vital records.

5 Things You Can Do Today To Protect Your Identity

Oct 17

5 Things You Can Do Today To Protect Your Identity By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center When it comes to protecting your identity, often times it translates to being proactive. Taking the initiative to look after your personal identifying information is undeniably the best thing you can do. There are areas that are out of your control, but for those areas where you are primarily responsible – keep the following in mind.

7 Survival Strategies for Starving Data Spies

Oct 14

7 Survival Strategies for Starving Data Spies By John Sileo, Identity Theft Author and Keynote Business Speaker Everybody wants your data. To any social media site, you are information inventory that can be aggregated, shared, and sold. To competitors, you are one poorly configured firewall from handing over the recipe to your secret sauce. And to the data spies sitting at the table next to you in café, you are one unencrypted wireless connection away from wishing you had paid better attention to this article.

Smartphones and Cybersecurity

Oct 12

Smartphones and Cybersecurity By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center The increasing use of Smartphones for daily activities has caused a growing concern, especially when it comes to the personal information that is stored in the device. As the rate of use increases within different age groups in the population – so does the threat to Cybersecurity. The Smartphone world is the new target for criminals. It is subject to attacks that may manifest themselves through web-based, SMS-based, and app-based attacks.

DEFEND Yourself from Cybercrime

Oct 06

DEFEND Yourself from Cybercrime To help consumers “DEFEND” themselves against cyberthieves, Experian’s ProtectMyID and Identity Theft Expert Chuck Whitlock offer the following tips:

Six Ways to Stay Safe Online During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Oct 05

By the National Cyber Security Alliance National Cyber Security Awareness Month is here and we want you to get involved! You don’t have to be a technology expert to do your part in securing cyberspace – it’s as simple as STOP. THINK. CONNECT. (www.stopthinkconnect.org) The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Here are some tips and advice to get you started.

What Cybersecurity Means to You

Oct 01

What Cybersecurity Means to You It’s Saturday and I am blogging, so you know it must be important. Today marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. To most consumers, this topic may seem like something that businesses or government should worry about, and indeed they should. However, cybersecurity affects everyone, including each and every reader of this blog.

Identity Theft and Your Emotional Health

Sep 30

By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center Identity theft is a complex problem and it can affect the emotional stability of the victim and that of the victim’s family. At one point or another, victims of this crime may experience helplessness, anger, rage, betrayal, depression, isolation, vulnerability, and an inability to trust those around them. Feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a psychological pain of loss, and a loss of control over their life are common emotions. It is important to understand that identity theft is a life-altering crime.