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  • College Students, Be Aware of Scams Directed at You

    Life on your own as a college student can be fun and exhilarating. However, you may also be faced with new challenges and responsibilities. It’s important to be aware that some scammers may try to take advantage of your inexperience and attempt to steal your identity or your cash.  Job Scams The Federal Bureau of […] Read more

  • Would You Take the Pledge for More Password Security?

    Did you observe National Password Day on May 3, 2018? It was an interesting day for password-related news. First, Twitter pushed a password reset for more than 330 million users and took that opportunity to underscore the risks of reusing passwords on multiple sites. Second, in observation of the day, Nutella tweeted that “Nutella” might […] Read more

  • Military Members Combat Higher Risk of Identity Theft

    May is the season for spring flowers, graduations, and honoring those who serve our nation. As Military Appreciation Month, it embraces many things. It’s a time to remember the end of World War II and honor military families for their sacrifices. It culminates with the observation of Memorial Day to pay homage to those who […] Read more

  • Would You Surrender Your Friends’ Data for Pizza?

    Strange as it may seem, a recent study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that students significantly shifted their attitudes toward privacy in return for free pizza. When asked if they would share email addresses of friends, the majority of students declined, but when the conversation expanded to include a pizza incentive, the results […] Read more

  • Manage Home Sales Cautiously or Risk Thousands

    The home selling season is heating up, and scammers are eager to defraud buyers and sellers once again. It’s an annual dance that puts your hard-earned funds at risk—potentially tens of thousands of dollars—so educate yourself about the possible pitfalls before you move in 2018. Closing or Wire Transfer Scams  When you apply for a […] Read more

  • 2017 Fraud and Identity Theft Numbers Reveal Trends

    The 20th edition of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) Data Book gives insight into how consumers were impacted by fraud and identity theft in 2017. The Consumer Sentinel is a cyber tool and database that provides local, state, federal, and even international law enforcement groups with access to millions of consumer […] Read more

  • Were You Hit by Income Tax-Related ID Theft?

    This tax season, the post-filing waiting game has changed. Unlike a decade ago, filers are not just anticipating refund checks. They’re waiting to learn if their e-filed returns have been accepted or rejected. If yours bounces back, it could mean you’re a victim of tax identity fraud, and someone else has filed a tax return […] Read more

  • Are You Likely to Fall for a Phishing Email?

    Day in and day out, your inbox may have phishing emails mingled in with communications from friends or business associates. Perhaps the scam email appears to be from a prospective employer you’ve wanted to meet or from your bank. The phishing deluge seeks to wear us down until we click on the bait without thinking […] Read more

  • What’s on Your Wrist Could Be Leaking Sensitive Data

    Dick Tracey would be stunned by what Americans wear on their wrists today. Tracey, a vintage comic book detective, wore a fancy two-way radio watch back in the 1940s and probably never thought twice about privacy issues. But in the modern world, digital privacy is a valid concern, and you should understand how your smartwatch […] Read more

  • Don’t Lose Your Data at the Airport

    Before you travel is a good time to review your data security practices. Are you bringing your laptop? Is it password-protected and encrypted? If you’re one of the tens of thousands of travelers each year who accidentally leave their laptops behind at airport security, your abandoned data could create major headaches. Laptop Lost and Found […] Read more