The Watchblog


  • 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

  • Stop. Think. Connect—The Formula For Online Security

    It’s time to fall into stronger identity protection habits. October is National Cyber Awareness Month. It’s also the seventh year for the Stop. Think. Connect. campaign—a comprehensive online security awareness program championed by ID Watchdog plus hundreds of other data security organizations worldwide. The concept is simple. Before you connect online, stop and reflect on your […] Read more

  • WhatsApp Blurs Privacy Promises

    When Facebook paid billions for WhatsApp in 2014, privacy hawks vocalized concerns, but the messaging company promised there would be no change in its privacy policy. CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, even underscored that promise in a highly publicized blog post.  The policy changed despite all those promises. Now government privacy advocates in […] Read more

  • Men or Women: Who’s More Concerned about Data Breaches?

    A survey of 1,200 men and women in the U.S. has unveiled some differences in how gender influences your response to a data breach. A Brand Perception Survey recently conducted by Alertsec, a cloud-based encryption firm, determined that men are far more likely to sever ties with the hacked merchant. Overall, the survey’s numbers are […] Read more

  • How Should Users Respond to Yahoo’s Mega Breach?

    It’s hard to panic over a data breach that happened two years ago—even if it is now the largest on record. Yahoo on Thursday confirmed its servers had been breached in late 2014 and that over 500 million accounts were compromised. Now users are wondering how to react to the theft after so much time […] Read more

  • Jail Time for Identity Thieves

    It’s nice to see the good guys score a win in the battle against identity theft. In late August, Micheline Eppolito, 29, of Jensen Beach, Florida was sentenced to 30 months in prison for her role in an identity fraud scheme. The ease with which Eppolito stole identifying information and her compensation for that act […] Read more

  • Do Some Websites Need Better Data Security Than Others?

    It’s tempting to say ALL websites need strong data protection, but it’s clear that some simply demand more robust protection. Your bank website is one. The IRS is another. On any Top 5 list, you’d probably expect to see dating websites that store highly sensitive preferences, but if recent hacks are any indicator, it’s time […] Read more

  • Ransomware Targets Must Fight Back

    A panel of cybersecurity experts last week urged consumers to step up their cyber ‘best practices’ to battle the recent four-fold increase in ransomware. Now, the FBI confirmed the crisis. Today the agency issued a plea to victims urging that they report all issues to slow the growing threat. “Within the first weeks of its […] Read more