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Identity Theft

January 12, 2018
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The 2017 filing season could be the worst yet for tax-related crime. With widespread confusion about the new tax law, IRS budget cuts, and a record-breaking year for data compromises, there’s an opening for fraud that should be serious cause for alarm, but doesn’t seem to be.

The bottom line: You should be concerned.

Last tax year, ...

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January 2, 2018
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While there are a thousand resolution-worthy action items out there, the time is always now for the things that need to change in our lives. Never were truer words spoken when it comes to our potential vulnerability to hackers.

The number of breaches and the granular nature of the data exposed in those attacks over the past year are both unprecedented. The Equifax breach alone included...

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December 12, 2017
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You open your monthly credit card statement and receive a shock: Someone is enjoying a big screen TV purchased with your card, and it’s not you.

You've just been hit with credit card fraud, a rampant form of theft responsible for nearly one-third of all identity theft complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When criminals use stolen credit card information online or by phone—instead of in person at a store—it’s called card-not-present...

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December 12, 2017
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Scammers make a killing during the holiday season. While you spend your time thinking of ways to bring holiday joy to others, they spend their time thinking up ways to steal from you. The saddest part about this is that the ghosts of Christmases past keep visiting Christmas present.

With that, I give you this year’s 12 scams of Christmas.

The Gift Card Scam

While definitely a ghost of...

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December 12, 2017
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If you lose your Social Security card, you’ll have to order a replacement card from the Social Security Administration (SSA). But unfortunately, a simple phone call will not do the trick. Instead, you will have to apply online using a my Social Security account or supply verification to a Social Security office in person or by mail.

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December 11, 2017
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As consumers step up their online shopping leading up to the holidays, it’s a prime time of the year for identity theft. While you are busy snagging hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are phishing for your information.

Don’t let an identity thief take the jingle out of your holiday. Follow these 12 tips to keep your financial information secure during the holiday season.

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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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