Identity Theft

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  • Have You Been Crammed?

    Cramming is the practice of adding charges to your cellphone bill that you never authorized. It’s a rampant problem, but this week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a little holiday gift for AT&T users who had extra charges added to their bills—a refund of $80 million dollars in crammed charges. “According to the FTC’s […] Read more

  • Why You Need A Plan B

    ‘B’ is for backup. It has your back when Plan A is defective or breaks down. No technology device will last forever. So what is your plan now that ransomware is growing? Here’s our primer on how to develop a complete backup plan. First, think plural, not singular. It’s smart to have more than one. […] Read more

  • Halt Package Pirates!

    It’s that time of year again. Time to order gifts online and (perhaps) have your carefully selected gifts stolen from your front porch or apartment lobby. These thieves have earned the name Package Pirates and home videos show how they openly follow an Amazon or UPS truck as it stops to make deliveries then quickly […] Read more

  • Is This The Perfect Holiday Gift?

    Yes, there’s no place like home for the holidays. Warm, cozy and safe. The same cannot be said regarding your holiday mail. Your home is often the worst place to leave delivered or outgoing mail. The only safe place for that is inside a locked mailbox—a security feature that most homes lack. Thieves steal mail […] Read more

  • Verizon Employees Tied To Identity Theft Ring

    Guarding your Social Security number (SSN)…sharing it only when absolutely necessary…could protect you from a tsunami of identity theft. But there are times when you just have to fork over that number; setting up new cell phone service is a prime example. It’s important to realize that even legitimate SSN disclosure to a well-known retailer […] Read more

  • Who’s Watching You?

    Before FBI director James Comey triggered an election eve firestorm last month, he made waves in another way—by hiding a potential information source hackers have been known to exploit. In a speech to students at Kenyon College in Ohio several months ago, Comey revealed that he employs an inexpensive anti-surveillance device of his own; he […] Read more

  • Update Early, Update Often

    In our hack-a-day world, it pays to be on guard. That includes being alert when it comes to software updates for your computer. Microsoft still offers security patches on the second Tuesday of each month. With newer models, you can set them to auto-update and forget about the hassle of doing the updates yourself. Adobe […] Read more

  • Office Depot Tech Support Fraud Alleged

    You’ve read our blog posts debunking phone-based tech support scams and software license expiration scams. These are some of the most lucrative frauds perpetrated on individuals easily confused with computer tech talk. But even our ID Watchdog team was stunned to hear that Office Depot tech support crews may be perpetrating a similar scam at […] Read more

  • Huge Hack of Student Emails Uncovered

    From a desk thousands of miles away, a Phoenix, AZ man allegedly tried to compromise thousands of university student accounts. He succeeded at several East Coast institutions. For students involved, this theft of their data could create new, unfamiliar risks and some sleepless nights. Jonathan Powell was taken into custody November 2 and charged with […] Read more

  • Another Massive Breach Hits Adult Network

    As we predicted, the massive MySpace breach of over 359 Million user files did not retain its “Top Of The Breached” crown for long. LeakedSource this week reported receiving evidence of a FriendFinder Networks data breach topping 412 Million user records. That makes it one of the largest documented breach in recording history. That’s bad […] Read more

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