Identity Theft

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  • Use A Big Eraser When Recycling Electronics

    ‘Tis the season for buying new gadgets. ‘Tis also the season to discard, recycle or hand down the one you’ve just replaced. There’s a way to do it right, but it takes willpower and a bit of time. Just keep telling yourself that the minutes you spend now could save you hundreds of hours battling […] Read more

  • Holiday Shopper Survival Guide

    Ready or not, the holidays are right around the corner. If you plan to fight the crowds at Walmart to snag a bargain-priced 60” flat screen TV, you’ll have to look elsewhere for survival tips. Our advice is geared to help you survive this joyful season with your data intact. It could be easier than […] Read more

  • Lessons Learned From Election Cycle

    Today is Election Day. Won’t you be relieved to see an end to all those negative ads? Win or lose, both candidates and the rest of us should remember one key lesson from the election—even IT folks can be fooled by a phishing email. As the campaign chugged along in late October, a new batch […] Read more

  • Dozens Arrested in IRS Impersonator Scam

    Today, there’s some good news in the fight against identity scammers. A 3-year investigation into Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee impersonators concluded this week. As a result, 56 individuals were indicted and dozens are already in custody for their roles in intimidating Americans into paying IRS bills they did not owe. “The largest single amount […] Read more

  • Were You Part of October’s Internet Attack?

    On Friday, October 21st, internet sites around the US were attacked—some knocked completely offline—by what tech specials label a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. What’s even scarier is that one of your personal internet-connected devices could have been part of this attack without your knowledge. This assault utilized 100,000 compromised ‘smart’ devices that connect […] Read more

  • Online Hoax Survival Guide

    It’s not a Halloween scare and, no, Facebook is not planning to make all your past posts public. This bogus claim is the latest online hoax making the rounds this week. Some are funny, but many of these false statements are far from benign. “With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly […] Read more

  • Millennials Hard Hit by Tech Scams

    If you think of young adults as more tech savvy than older users, think again. A new survey from Microsoft indicates that younger adults are more likely than older ones to fall for computer tech scams. The study surveyed 12,000 users in 12 different countries. Thirteen percent (13%) of users in the lowest age bracket—18 […] Read more

  • Latest RoboCall Scam Claims Your License Has Expired

    Mom always said, “Be polite to strangers,” but this sort of stranger abuse has gone on long enough. When automated robocalls start bombarding your home phone dishing up scare tactics, it’s time to scream or slam down the phone. The message repeats twice—to communicate a false sense of urgency. “This is an emergency call that […] Read more

  • Is Your Vote Safe From Hackers?

    The upcoming elections are making lots of individuals nervous—including those responsible for sending out ballots or counting our votes. Recent hacks indicate that voter registration files have become a tempting target while new research found that a number of state registries possess really weak security. On August 31, the Illinois Board of Elections reported a […] Read more

  • Is Your Identity Ready For Disaster Season?

    It’s hurricane season. Flood season. Blizzard season. As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the U.S., it’s time to disaster-proof your identity. Identity theft disasters don’t offer a 72-hour warning and when they hit, it’s too late. There are essential elements in any disaster preparedness plan: water, flashlights, cash, batteries, plastic bags, reliable transportation and non-perishable […] Read more

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