Identity Theft

September 27, 2017
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Jen* is one of the few people that opens and reads every piece of mail they receive. It’s a quirk that has paid off: A piece of junk mail is how Jen found out someone had stolen her identity.

“I opened a letter from Macy’s, which I thought was weird,” she said. “I haven’t shopped there in years. But the letter was a rejection of a credit card application.”

Jen took immediate action, ...

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September 25, 2017
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When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced.

Frankly, it...

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September 20, 2017
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There is no mistaking that, by now, most consumers have at least a passing awareness of cyber threats.

Two other things also are true: All too many people fail to take simple steps to stay safer online; and individuals who become a victim of identity theft, in whatever form, tend to be baffled about what to do...

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September 19, 2017
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Equifax breach victims signing up for identity theft protection with LifeLock beware.

LifeLock is using Equifax credit reporting and monitoring services to protect customers from the Equifax breach, according to this story in The Los Angeles Times.

That's right. It's a conundrum. This isn'...

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September 18, 2017
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Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate.

When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies begin with two certainties: mistakes will be made, and breaches like...

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September 15, 2017
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What happened?Equifax, a consumer credit reporting company, discovered a breach in its online systems that could impact 143 million consumers.

When did the breach occur?The breach occurred from mid-May to July and was discovered on July 29. Equifax alerted the public on Sept. 7.

What information was involved?Hackers gained access to files with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers (SSN), driver’s licenses and addresses....

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September 13, 2017
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Dora the Explorer turns out to be something of a spy. And that’s a problem for many parents in the digital age.

The long-reaching arm of online advertising for children is increasingly coming under legal assault as parents seek to limit what large media companies, like Disney and Viacom, can conduct in surreptitious audience monitoring.

Viacom, whose brands include Nickelodeon, the producer...

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September 7, 2017
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You’ve seen the dramatic footage of rescues and calamities, shots of stranded families, pets, and wildlife—even giant carp—and you’ve probably had the same reaction many other Americans had the past few weeks: “How can I help?”

There are myriad ways you can ease the suffering and hardship being experienced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but there are also a number of pitfalls to watch out for.

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September 4, 2017
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Data compromises and the identity-related crimes that flow from them are now the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. That said, there is plenty you can do to stay as crime-proof as possible.

According to Risk Based Security, more than 4.2 billion records were compromised worldwide in 2016 alone....

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September 1, 2017
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With the announcement of Verizon Up, a new wireless rewards program that provides users with customer incentives, first-dibs opportunities on things like VIP tickets and other exclusive deals, we thought it was time to review how reward marketing plans work.

First, the good news: Verizon Up is free!

Like their intrusive cousin the loyalty program, reward-based marketing schemes usually...

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