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

 

‘Vaccinate’ Against Medical Identity Theft

Jan 23

‘Vaccinate’ Against Medical Identity Theft Medical identity theft is on the rise. A study by the Ponemon Institute indicates that 2 million Americans are victims of medical identity theft each year. Medical identity theft can damage your credit rating and finances, and even compromise your health care. Take steps to minimize your risk of this type of identity theft.

New Year, New You, New Passwords

Jan 16

New Year, New You, New Passwords Something about the first few months of the year infuses us with an enthusiasm for change, which may be why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. This year, why not channel that positive energy into change that can make a real difference in your security?

Resolutions for a Safer 2013

Jan 09

Resolutions for a Safer 2013 Most New Year’s resolutions focus on self-improvement. Self-improvement is a good thing, but you should also emphasize self-preservation. Start 2013 with the resolve to improve your identity protection measures. Here are five must-make safety resolutions.

Protect Your Identity While Holiday Job-hunting

Dec 14

Protect Your Identity While Holiday Job-hunting A holiday job is an opportunity to make extra money, and if you do well, there’s a chance your employer may want to hire you for year-round work. Unfortunately, the seasonal employment uptick is also an opportunity for identity thieves. All those job applications contain a great deal of personal, identifying information. Take steps to protect your identity while you’re looking for seasonal work.

Do You Want to Get Fiscally Fit for the New Year?

Dec 12

Do You Want to Get Fiscally Fit for the New Year? Getting out of debt and saving money makes it into the Top 10 of New Year’s Resolutions every year. If you’re serious about getting financially fit, here are some tips.

Cyber Buyers Beware: Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Dec 11

Cyber Buyers Beware: Safety Tips for the Holiday Season Spending online is skyrocketing. U.S. consumers spent a record-breaking $1.46 billion on Cyber Monday alone and more than $1 billion on Black Friday, according to comScore Inc. If you’re part of this online shopping craze, here are some safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season.

Eight Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Dec 11

Eight Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft If your personal information has been exposed in a breach, you may want to take the following steps to protect yourself from identity theft.

Tis’ the Season to Be… Scammed?

Dec 10

Tis’ the Season to Be… Scammed? Americans typically shell out hundreds of millions to charities during the holiday season. Before you dig into your purse or wallet, the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials recommend taking the following precautions to avoid common charity scams.

Cyber security tips for year-round safety

Nov 29

Cyber security tips for year-round safety Cyber crime never takes a vacation, and cyber crooks are constantly finding new ways to defraud victims. Even though Cyber Security Month (October) is over for another year, your commitment to cyber security should be a year-round campaign. Here are 11 more cyber security tips.

Must-do identity theft protection tips for holiday shoppers

Nov 20

Must-do identity theft protection tips for holiday shoppers Identity theft doesn’t just happen online. Crooks can pilfer your personal information right out of your wallet or cellphone unless you take some steps to be extra vigilant during the holiday shopping season. Here are some simple, must-do measures to keep in mind on Black Friday and over the coming month.