Identity Theft

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  • Millions of Veterans at High Risk for Identity Theft

      Veterans of the Armed Forces are at higher risk of identity theft after hacker attacks on several veterans’ groups in recent years. America’s veterans face a new kind of war—one being fought on our own soil. It’s the result of several major data breaches in recent years including this year’s OPM data breach that […] Read more

  • Avoid Big Mistakes on Black Friday (Cyber Monday, Too!)

    Holiday bargains cause big lines on Black Friday but hackers are also lining up to grab your personal data for fraudulent schemes. It’s that crazy time of year again when budgets fly out the window and generosity toward loved ones reconnects us to friends and family. If you want to make sure you don’t connect […] Read more

  • Identity Theft is the #1 Cause of Data Breaches in 2015

    Stolen identity information continues to be the leading cause of additional data records compromises in 2015. The world has been rocked during the first half of 2015 by data breaches large and small. Now a report from Gemalto on worldwide data loss indicates that over half the breaches during the first six months of the […] Read more

  • Self Defense Against the Latest Wave of Data Breaches

    After the breach: how to react if you’ve been victimized by one of October’s particularly comprehensive data breaches. T-Mobile, Experian, Scottrade, E*Trade, Dow Jones, and crowd-funding site, Patreon, reported data breaches in the past few weeks. It’s been a really tough October, which is perhaps fitting as this is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and […] Read more

  • IRS Struggles To Plug Its Own Data Leaks

    IRS efforts to remove unnecessary Social Security numbers from correspondence with taxpayers woefully inadequate Even the IRS gets audited. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was established in 1998 to provide independent oversight of IRS activities, which includes auditing. This week, an auditor criticized the IRS for continuing to include taxpayer Social Security […] Read more

  • After The Breach – Watch for Warning Signs

      There is no ‘typical’ identity theft victim these days. Children, veterans, employee groups, church volunteers, retail shoppers, college students and retirees are just a few groups hackers have targeted in recent years.  The risks include monetary losses, mixed up medical records, job loss, faked government credentials and even a criminal record you never earned. […] Read more

  • Chip-and-PIN Cards Improve Credit Card Security

    New chip-and-PIN cards will prevent hackers from using counterfeit cards in stores but could boost online theft. Today, many credit cards are being updated with improved security measures. These cards feature a shiny gold or silver device visible on the front, resembling a mini circuit board. These chips are the latest weapons in a nationwide […] Read more

  • How Hackers Operate

    Today, hacking has surpassed the illegal drug trade as the most common and lucrative crime in America. It’s the crime of the decade – one that shows no sign of slowing down. Hacking yields both higher profits and lower risks than the sale of illegal drugs. Many hackers conduct their scams from private homes with […] Read more

  • Two-Factor Authorization (2FA) Could Drastically Cut Identity Theft and Financial Losses

    In this hack-a-day world, passwords are still the top target for data thieves. Want to reduce your own risk of attack? A tool called two-factor authorization, or 2FA, offers a way to create a second roadblock between your data and that identity thief.  More and more companies are taking the steps to implement this security […] Read more

  • Hackers Getting Less Money For Your Personal Data

    The price of your stolen personal data won’t earn hackers as much as it has in the past, but your damages will still be expensive. There’s apparently too much personal data for sale on the Dark Net — that hard-to-reach corner of the Internet where hackers sell and trade stolen information. According to a new […] Read more