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

 

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.

Your Engagement and Your Identity

Jun 11

Your Engagement and Your Identity Congratulations on your engagement! You’re about to embark on an exciting journey; we’re talking about wedding planning, of course. Here are some tips to help prevent additional difficulties along the way.

Identity Theft Basics: the Frontline of Defense

Jun 08

Identity Theft Basics: the Frontline of Defense New identity theft schemes are hatched every day. Yet, we have enough to do in life without having to worry about continuously staying one step ahead of identity thieves. Incorporate these basic tips into your life and make protecting yourself from identity theft a habit rather than a task.

LinkedIn Database Breach

Jun 06

On June 6, 2012, various news sources reported that approximately 6.5 million encrypted passwords had been posted on the Internet and that hackers were working together to crack them. The professional networking site, LinkedIn, is the only company currently being reported as the target of the hack. Both Sophos security firm and LinkedIn report that the list includes passwords associated with LinkedIn accounts, but the total number of compromised LinkedIn accounts remains unconfirmed. With over 131 million users, the presumed breach of up to 6.5 million passwords would be affecting less than 5% of the company’s user base.

Don’t Get Caught Up in a Botnet

Jun 06

Don’t Get Caught Up in a Botnet Keeping all of your computer software and your operating system updated at all times is critical to securing your system and data. Anything short of the highest security standards and your computer may become a bot, sending out spam emails, attacking and recruiting other computers into the botnet and spreading viruses.

Data Tracking & Your Online Identity

Jun 04

Data Tracking & Your Online Identity While the privacy settings on your social accounts are important to control, the fact is you don’t have full control over your online identity. It’s not comprised only of the data you post. Businesses are continually tracking your Internet activity and building their own profiles of you.

Don’t Be the Weak Link in Your Social Circles

Jun 01

Don’t Be the Weak Link in Your Social Circles The personal data you share with your online social circles is only as secure as the weakest link in your network. No matter how strict you are about your privacy settings, the careless behavior of one of your connections could cause trouble for you, leading identity thieves to get their hands on your personal data.

Passwords that Won’t Crack Under Pressure

May 30

Passwords that Won’t Crack Under Pressure Think about your passwords, each and every one. You do have a unique password for each account, right? Would they stand up to the automated attacks that criminals often launch, trying to crack weak passwords in order to hijack accounts?

Defending Our Defenders: Protecting Military Personnel from Identity Theft

May 28

Defending Our Defenders: Protecting Military Personnel from Identity Theft Active duty military personnel are constantly preparing for deployment and their known absence makes them targets for identity theft. It’s imperative that in addition to preparing for the challenges involved in protecting others that they also prepare for their deployment when it comes to protecting their own identity.