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September 3, 2016
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By Christine Giordano

Working as a freelancer, gig worker or 1099 employee over the internet can sometimes be tricky. You want the work, but never want to fall for a scam or work for a company that won’t pay you.

When I started working as a freelance writer, I crafted what I hoped would be the ultimate...

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September 1, 2016
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Hollywood and news media will have you think of cyber criminals as an innovative lot, coming up with new, sophisticated ways to steal data that are just beyond the reach of security best practices.

But the reality is much more mundane. More often than not they are exploiting vulnerabilities that are well-known, according to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.  And the compromise of business...

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August 31, 2016
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Falling victim to identity theft can be an unsettling experience. Many people don’t know where to begin to restore their good name and credit, what to do or who to call.

With more than 13 million identity theft victims a year, there’s a good chance this crime could impact customers. Be sure to let them know there are five important steps to take when identity theft strikes:

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August 27, 2016
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By Kristy Welsh

In this day of ubiquitous digital information, it seems like it’s easier than ever to have your identity stolen. The Federal Trade Commission reportedly received 490,000 identity theft complaints in 2015, up from 341,898 complaints the previous year. In order to help keep your identity safe, it’s important to stay vigilant with your personal information.

Here are some things you can start...

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August 23, 2016
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By Travis Smith

Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime.

In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access.

And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency,...

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August 15, 2016
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By Contance Brinkley-Badgett

What if someone told you that you could use some of the words from your all-time favorite song as your password? Not only that, but that it could actually be as effective as some difficult-to-remember imbroglio like Ge0rg34m@gr!|| — you know, something like what your IT department sends you as a start-up password.

Would you...

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August 12, 2016
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By Jill Krasny

Sometimes searching for a rental home on Craigslist can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. And identity thieves have allegedly found a way to throw a monkey wrench into the process.

According to one Reddit user, fraudsters are using the...

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July 28, 2016
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In the words of President Obama, it's "fair to say this is not your typical election." Though he was speaking of the choice Americans must make between two very different candidates come November, they also apply to the role cyber security is playing in the election and the way it is shaping the conversation about data protection.

U.S. intelligence agencies have "high confidence" that the Russian government played a role in the...

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July 19, 2016
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Thanks to identity thieves, parents have one more thing to worrk about as they prepare their children for school: protecting their kids from identity theft. Check out our latest infographic to better understand how they're susceptible and to get our protection tips.

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July 15, 2016
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By Jeanine Skowronski

If the “Internal Revenue Service” (IRS) called you up last year demanding payment, well, you weren’t alone.

Fake IRS and other imposter scams topped the list of fastest-growing complaints to state and local consumer protection agencies in 2015, according to an annual survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection...

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