The Watchblog


  • Retailers Dial Up Facial Recognition

    The recent shopping season was bustling and fatiguing with a dash of intrusiveness thrown in to spice things up. At the register, clerks probably tried to extract information about you to boost their marketing efforts by asking for your email or ZIP code. One major goal of retailers was to strive to deter theft while […] Read more

  • Hacking Key Fob-Activated Cars

    For years, there have been rumors and puzzling reports of keyless cars being mysteriously broken into in some unknown manner. Last month, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released study results showing one major way thieves have been successful in unlocking these push button vehicles and even driving them away. NICB purchased what it termed […] Read more

  • 2017: The Year of Reviewing Freely

    Got a gripe with a business? Starting this year, you’ll be free to post that negative review online despite your contract’s fine print. This week, President Obama signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 into law. It prohibits companies from issuing fines to users who post bad press and comes in response to a […] Read more

  • Top 5 Security Resolutions For 2017

    Everybody’s making lists this week. Lose weight. Walk more. Shun that red wine. Folks at ID Watchdog don’t like to brag, but our Top 5 list can help you shrink your risk of identity theft. You probably haven’t studied these risk factors before, but what you don’t know could cause major headaches. Set up an […] Read more

  • 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

  • Gift Alert: Apple Imposter Problem

    A new smartphone is a big investment. With millions being gifted this holiday season, a lawsuit wending its way through the courts points out it’s risky to believe everything you read about accessories like extra charging cords…especially if your phone is made by Apple. The technology giant has always sold expensive accessories for its products […] 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