Identity Theft

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  • 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

  • Back To School Season Increases Data Breach Potential

      Effective Sept. 21, 2018, security freezes and fraud alerts will change under a new federal law. Placing, temporarily lifting and removing security freezes is now free for consumers, and initial fraud alerts increased from 90 days to one year. For more information, please click here. Will your student be impacted by a data breach this […] Read more

  • Electronic Medical Records: A New Source for Identity Theft

    One of the worst data breaches of the year involved compromised electronic medical records for hospitals and health clinics in the Midwest. In recent weeks, Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) notified customers and their patients that the firm had experienced a sizeable data breach. In all, 3.9 million individuals have learned that their health files have […] Read more

  • Will 2015 Set The Record For Breach Victims?

    When the Target data breach hit during the holiday shopping rush in December, 2013, security experts and other observers declared 2013 the worst year for breaches ever. Neiman Marcus, eBay, and Michaels Stores were hit the following year. Again, the predictors of doom called 2014 the worst year ever. However, 2015 has already toppled past […] Read more

  • IRS Data Breach Triples

    Any data breach is bad news but the one announced this past May at the IRS was considered especially bad because hackers accessed huge amounts of data for an estimated 114,000 individuals. Now the news has worsened as the victim pool has increased alarmingly. Late Monday, the tax agency indicated the victim list had tripled to […] Read more

  • Is Your Identity Ready For Travel Season?

    The warm weather has rolled in and you’re probably dreaming of sinking your toes into some warm sand. Don’t forget to pack that identity protection plan. Every casino you visit, every restaurant, even the newsstand at your local airport is a possible place for data theft or data breach. In the past year, The Hard […] Read more