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

 

Internet Dangers to Avoid this Summer

May 28

Internet Dangers to Avoid this Summer Booking an overseas trip, snagging an oceanfront vacation rental, signing the kids up for camp, getting ready for college – these days summertime starts online. But before you saddle up to the computer, freshen up on your identity protection smarts. Here are a few of the Web’s hidden dangers to avoid.

Choose Your WiFi Carefully

May 27

Choose Your WiFi Carefully Free WiFi or identity theft risk? That’s the question you need to ask before connecting to an unfamiliar network, whether you’re traveling or just lounging at the local café. Airports in particular are a known hotspot for WiFi scammers who set up phony networks using their laptops. It happens like this: You have time to […]

Mobile Payments: Savvy or Security Issue?

May 24

Mobile Payments: Savvy or Security Issue? Your Starbucks card, credit card, debit card – link them all to your mobile phone and voilà. Payments at certain stores are as simple as a quick flick of your phone in front of a designated scanner. Just wave and walk on. You always have your mobile phone at the ready so why not turn […]

Living In a Data Breach World

May 23

Living In a Data Breach World The world over, data breach incidents are happening at government, technology, education, healthcare, retail and financial service organizations. KPMG’s Data Loss Barometer identifies the industries in which the biggest and most breaches are occurring.

Tax Time Identity Theft Protection Tips

Mar 13

Tax Time Identity Theft Protection Tips Identity thieves might be the only people out there who like tax season. Personal identifying and financial information is flying around and the stress of the season can cause some people to drop their guard. As you prepare for tax season, keep identity protection in mind throughout the process. Take these steps to ensure your information stays safe this tax season:

Easy Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Mar 12

Identity theft is no laughing matter. You can prevent identity theft by starting with the small stuff – stuff small enough to fit in your wallet. Check out the infographic below, clean out your wallet, and share it with everyone you care about who should be worried about identity theft.

Guest Video: What to do if you think you are a victim of identity theft

Feb 26

In this video, Experian Vice President of Public Education, Maxine Sweet provides tips on what actions to take if you think you're a victim of identity theft.

Advice for Online Daters: Protect Your Identity as Well as Your Heart

Feb 21

Advice for Online Daters: Protect Your Identity as Well as Your Heart It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of a prospective romance. But, just as you take steps to protect your heart in the early stages of getting to know someone, it’s important to protect your identity when meeting people online. Before you find yourself “looking for love in all the wrong places,” follow these guidelines to minimize your risk of dating-related identity theft.

Beware of calls offering marketing opt out

Feb 13

Beware of calls offering marketing opt out Reports indicate that the caller ID number that displays on these calls is 302-268-6660. This number is in no way associated with the National Opt Out program hosted by the CRAs. We recommend that you hang up if you receive a call of this nature.

Trends and Predictions for Identity Theft in 2013

Jan 31

Trends and Predictions for Identity Theft in 2013 A new year means it’s time for the annual Trends and Predictions report. Technology-related opportunities for thieves and scammers are more present in our daily lives than ever before. Here are the top three new problems we think we will see in 2013.