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Posts in ‘Identity Theft’

Video Insight: Trends in Medical Identity Theft

Jul 20

Dr. Larry Ponemon shares results from Ponemon Institute's Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID. In this video, he reveals trends in medical identity theft discovered in his recent study.

Social Networking: A Real-Time Danger

Jul 13

Social Networking: A Real-Time Danger More and more people are using their mobile devices for social networking. One study revealed that 64.2 million smartphone users accessed a social networking site or blog at least once in December 2011 using a mobile device. More than half kept up that access on a daily basis. While it’s fun to share your vacation in real time, it might also be dangerous.

Be Wary When the Front Desk Calls

Jul 09

Be Wary When the Front Desk Calls The top identity theft scam from 2011 is something to watch out for again this summer. Be wary of scammers calling your hotel room in the middle of the night, when you’re sure to be groggy and off your game, asking you to verify your personal information.

Video Insight: Identifying Medical Identity Theft

Jul 06

Dr. Larry Ponemon shares results from Ponemon Institute's Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID.

How to Avoid Identity Theft During Summer Adventures

Jul 02

How to Avoid Identity Theft During Summer Adventures The sun is shining and the kids are out of school; it is the perfect time to travel. However, traveling often puts consumers at a higher risk of becoming victims of identity theft. Here are a few simple tips consumers can follow so that their summer vacation is not brought down by a case of identity theft.

Video Insight: The Costs of Medical Identity Theft

Jun 29

Dr. Larry Ponemon shares results from Ponemon Institute's Third Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID. In this video, he talks about the increasing costs to the victim of medical identity theft.

Summer Travel: Tips for a Safer Vacation

Jun 27

Summer Travel: Tips for a Safer Vacation Summer has arrived, and for many, it’s time to travel. It’s harvest time for identity thieves too, though, so before you leave for your vacation, be sure to follow these tips to secure your home and to protect your identity.

Say What? Identity Theft Glossary

Jun 18

Say What? Identity Theft Glossary Identity theft – one of the nation’s most lucrative and fastest growing crimes – is something that every individual needs to understand. Yet, commonly used terms like smishing, bot, trojan and spyware can leave one feeling even more confused and unprepared. In efforts to make you an expert on how to protect yourself, we've compiled a list of basic identity theft terms that every consumer should know.

Internet Safety Toolkit: Passwords

Jun 15

Internet Safety Toolkit: Passwords Despite expert warnings, many people continue to use short, trivial passwords. These types of passwords are easily cracked, leaving accounts vulnerable to hackers and fraudsters. Passwords that contain easily guessed information rise to the top of the weak password list.

Apply for a Job, Not for Identity Theft

Jun 13

Apply for a Job, Not for Identity Theft It’s that time of year when many people, especially students, are searching for a summer job. As you’re looking, bear in mind that identity thieves are looking for a paycheck too – they want your identity. When you fill out applications, you’re putting nearly all of your personal information on paper and often placing it in the hands of a stranger. This is the stuff of identity thieves’ dreams. Make sure you take the steps necessary to protect your identity.