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September 22, 2015
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With more than 300 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s go-to online professional networking site. It’s a valuable resource for staying in touch with colleagues, searching for jobs and getting discovered by potential employers. It’s also a valuable resource for identity thieves because user profiles typically include a wealth of personally identifiable information (PII).

You can protect your PII on LinkedIn by making sure you have adjusted your privacy...

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July 30, 2015
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Instagram is a convenient and fun site for sharing your videos and photos with friends, family and colleagues. But the service, which by default allows anyone to view your profile, can leave you open to identity thieves if you don’t take steps to protect yourself.

You can protect your privacy and personally identifiable information (PII) on Instagram by making sure you adjust your privacy settings according to your tolerance...

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June 26, 2015
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If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you?

Fortunately, you can control who can find and contact you and see your posts on Facebook. That’s why it’s important that you understand your privacy options and actively manage them according to your personal...

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May 4, 2015
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Think identity theft mostly happens to older people? Or to higher income earners? Or college students? The truth is that identity thieves focus their efforts wherever the opportunities are, and there are plenty of opportunities across most age groups. Here are three groups identity thieves target and why.

What Personal Factors do Identity Thieves Focus On?

At first glance, age could be considered an afterthought to identity thieves, according to...

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February 10, 2015
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Identity thieves can do a lot of damage with the treasure trove of sensitive information stolen in the Anthem data breach.

The stolen data included the names, addresses, Social Security numbers (SSNs), birth dates, and email and employment information for 80 million current and former customers and Anthem employees. A stolen SSN alone can leave a consumer vulnerable to...

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January 23, 2015
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It's easy to put off tax preparation when it's still early in the new year and many of us are focused on meeting resolutions.

But it's important for taxpayers to file their tax returns early to avoid tax-related identity theft. This fast-growing crime happens when someone uses your personal information—like a Social Security number—to file a fraudulent return and collect your refund. It can be difficult and time-consuming to resolve.

But you can take steps to protect yourself...

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September 23, 2014
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Home Depot client

Home Depot customers who shopped there this summer must take steps to protect their credit card accounts. The home improvement retailer has confirmed that the account...

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February 27, 2014
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FTC Sentinel

For the 14th consecutive year, identity theft is the nation’s biggest headache for consumers, topping the annual rankings of filed complaints to the Federal Trade Commission.

Of more than...

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February 6, 2014
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Cold utility meter

The mercury is dropping around the country, but scammers are turning up the heat with a tried-and-true cold weather scam: the Shutoff Swindle.

Bad guys pose as utility...

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February 5, 2014
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Candy hearts

Cupid has some competition this Valentine’s Day: Scammers are taking aim at your heart and pocketbook with scams that can lead to identity theft and more.

Beware of these five sweetheart swindles and follow our expert...

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