Unless you live in a pineapple under the sea with a talking sponge, you’re probably familiar with the never-ending parade of cute animal pictures sent by text and email—friend to friend, email list to subscriber—and everywhere you look on social media. Hackers are counting on that.
You’re no fool. You keep current on the news—specifically with regard to cyber security. You’ve seen the...Read More
More than 145 million Americans were compromised by the Equifax breach, their most sensitive information no longer a secret—including Social Security numbers. The epic breach included all the data that a criminal might need (and more) to commit a smorgasbord of identity-related crimes.
The response? Equifax offered a free one-year subscription to their identity protection services program as well as a credit freeze service free-of-charge. The deadline to sign up for that was recently...Read More
Not to name names (cough, cough, Equifax), but it seems a particular data breach involving the sensitive information of 145.5 million people may have something to do with the spike in identity-related crimes reported in Javelin Strategy and Research’s 2018 Identity Fraud Study.
As if 2016’s record didn’t serve as warning enough, along comes 2017 with 1.3 million more people—...Read More
The short answer to the above question is that in a perfect world, yes, you should not just have a PIN code (most tax returns require one)—you should be issued a new one every year.
The IRS estimated that it paid $239 million in “suspect” tax refunds in 2016. The good news: During the first nine months of 2016, the agency was able to stop 787,000 fraudulent returns totaling more than $4 billion. The bad news: the IRS has to...Read More