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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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October 25, 2017
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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and it brings with it all of the usual trimmings. Stuffing and the cranberry sauce, to be sure, and also family visits, travel scams to avoid, the pitfalls of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, and more.

There are many ways you can protect yourself from the risk of identity theft and fraud attempts during this time of year, but it can be more effective if you’ve planned ahead:

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October 23, 2017
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When an emergency strikes, you might already have a plan, at least for most of the typical threats. Your plan can be highly detailed or very general, depending on the likelihood of the incident. If you live in a region known for tornadoes, you might already have an interior closet or basement room that’s designated as your shelter. If your part of the state is susceptible to wildfires, you might have a home evacuation plan. If you live in a coastal area, you...

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July 26, 2017
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Another summer is ready to come to a close, but there’s still time to squeeze in one last vacation before fall.

Here are some important travel tips that you can use at any time of year to keep your identity safe from scammers and thieves.

Plan with caution – A travel scam can start the minute you begin planning for a trip. Browsing online for airfare or accommodations can lead you to dishonest sites. Some... Read More
July 15, 2017
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Parenting a tween, teenager or older? Having a talk about cyber security should be near the top of your to-do list. The old advice of keeping the family computer in the living room to monitor your kids’ internet activity is pointless in the age of everywhere-you-go mobile devices.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep your child safe and help them make good digital decisions down the road. The lessons you impart now can protect...

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May 23, 2017
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Summers are always a popular time for moving. Whether you're a recent college graduate or a snowbird headed back up north, the warm weather is a time when many people change their address. However, moving puts the security of documents containing personal identifying information at risk of identity theft.

Protecting your identity during a move is actually easier than protecting your fragile belongings, but protecting against...

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March 1, 2017
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Spring temperatures and budding plants are starting to edge out the worst of the winter weather, so now is the time to spring clean … your mobile device.

The very first step is to remove apps you never use. Your phone may run slower due to these old downloads, and they may even be wasting your battery life. Don’t worry, depending on the brand of phone and where you downloaded the app, they’ll typically still be sitting there in case you decide to...

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January 29, 2017
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Romance scams run the spectrum from simply toying with people’s emotions to stealing their money. In some dire cases, it has even landed victims in jail for their part in a crime. How do these online scams come about?

Here’s a scenario that victims fall for hook, line and sinker:

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A woman checks her Facebook messages and finds one from a stranger. When she responds to ask...

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January 27, 2017
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The 2017 Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, will take place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.

This event will help consumers understand what tax identity theft is, starting with what happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information to get a fraudulent tax refund from the IRS. This type of crime can also occur if someone uses...

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January 26, 2017
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been warning taxpayers for weeks now about tax refund delays in 2017 and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) thinks this is good news. Here’s why: As the IRS continues to beef up its resources to tackle identity theft in the tax system and tax refund fraud, it needs the extra time to be sure any fraudulent refunds are not issued in the first place.

Tax return fraud ...

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