Identity Theft

December 4, 2017
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News that Uber got hacked and 57 million records were compromised may not seem like an overt threat after this year’s constant mega breaches—but it is. A recent studysuggests that even something as “harmless” as a breach involving names, phone numbers, and email addresses can...

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November 27, 2017
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It's hard to imagine a worse response to a data breach than Uber's: The ride-hailing company recently announced that in 2016 the company had a massive data breach in which the personal information of about 57 million users and drivers was exposed—and the company kept the data breach a secret and paid a $100,000 ransom. 

"This is not what you do as a...

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November 27, 2017
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Keeping up with news alerts about cybersecurity flaws in consumer electronics is a lot like picking up spilled jelly beans one at a time with a plumber’s wrench. Even if you figure out how to do it and have endless patience, a few will skitter out of sight.

Assume for the moment that, unlike most people, you think a lot about cybersecurity and you do your homework before buying a connected device. (I know. This is a truly...

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November 17, 2017
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How would you feel if the digital “you” were deleted? The common wisdom in cybersecurity circles is that if you think it can’t happen to you, it probably will. Consider Mat Honan’s story.

“First my Google account was taken over, then deleted,” Honan wrote. “Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to...

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November 17, 2017
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The holiday season is an enormous economic event, so much so that the National Retail Federation estimates that holiday shopping represents as much as 30 percent of a retailer’s annual sales. But as a consumer, increased spending can leave you more vulnerable to theft and fraud.

However, there are steps you can take to guard against theft. Here are seven...

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November 16, 2017
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In the ’80s, many of us couldn’t imagine the day when computers would be so commonplace we’d wear them on our wrists, carry them in our pockets and even use them in our cars and major appliances.

It was a different time, but even then, security needed to be a top priority. And in 1988, computer security professionals celebrated the first Computer Security Day.

Now, almost 30 years later, Nov...

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November 13, 2017
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A recent Google study found that phishing exploits are far more likely to be the cause of account takeovers than the information compromised by data breach or malware.

The study, “Data Breaches, Phishing, or Malware? Understanding the Risks of Stolen Credentials...

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November 13, 2017
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Eat healthy. Exercise more. Spend more time with friends and family.

We all have the best intentions when we kick off a new year. But we often forget to tend to another aspect of our identities—safeguarding our personal information from identity thieves.

Resolve to protect your identity with these five tips:

1. Shred it. Buy a quality...

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November 10, 2017
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If a shady looking character told you to give him pictures of yourself naked, would you? How about a video? What if he told you that it was for your own good? Even if you have less sense than one of the rocks in Kim Jong-un’s head, you wouldn’t do it.

Now what if Facebook asked you for nudes? According to The Verge, the social media...

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November 6, 2017
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Imagine this scenario: Your college-bound child applies for a car loan or credit card, but is turned down because of thousands of dollars in unpaid debt. Identity theft has struck again, and the resulting poor credit record will affect your child’s financial well-being for years.

Identity theft claims more than 15 million people in the United States, but it’s not just a problem for adults. Roughly 4 percent of identity theft...

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