Identity Theft

November 3, 2017
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In the wake of the Equifax breach, many consumers are still unprepared for fraud and searching for identity theft protection—a challenging endeavor considering the many options available.

To meet demand, CyberScout has created CyberScout HQ, an online...

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October 30, 2017
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The odds you don’t know already know about Apple’s latest attempt at market domination — the iPhone X — are about even with the possibility that President Trump will stop using hand gestures when explaining something. That said, it is quite possible that you have not yet heard why the iPhone X should worry you.

“In its continuing war on inconvenience,” Andy Greenberg of ...

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October 27, 2017
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When you suspect you’re a victim of identity theft, the CyberScout Resolution Center is there to help restore your good name and credit.

But did you know that our experts also can help you take critical measures to protect your identity—and your family’s—before identity theft and related fraud strikes?

Certain situations and behaviors can put you at greater risk of cyber crime. Losing a...

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October 26, 2017
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Modern internet banking mobile apps cover a range of services. With your smartphone, you can open an account, secure a loan, buy securities and get many other services that previously required an in-person transaction.

There are still some hidden dangers behind these conveniences. It’s easier now to lose all the money in your bank account—and much more difficult to get it back. Banks need solid proof of noninvolvement.

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October 25, 2017
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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and it brings with it all of the usual trimmings. Stuffing and the cranberry sauce, to be sure, and also family visits, travel scams to avoid, the pitfalls of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, and more.

There are many ways you can protect yourself from the risk of identity theft and fraud attempts during this time of year, but it can be more effective if you’ve planned ahead:

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October 24, 2017
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Spam is supposed to be a thing of the past, but it’s not—and today it comes weaponized with manifold data-grabbing threats—from ransomware to keystroke recorders and beyond. Your email has never been more dangerous.

There was a time in the early 2000s when email spam and malicious botnets were viewed as mere nuisances. A confident Bill Gates waved it away at the 2004 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: “Two years from...

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October 19, 2017
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The quantity of things that Americans leave at TSA checkpoints is staggering.

Last year alone, the TSA collected nearly $1 million worth of coins and bills forgotten by travelers at security checkpoints. At the Los Angeles International Airport in a singlemonth in 2015, the TSA found 154 laptops, 98 cell phones, 229 driver’s licenses, 18 iPads, and 32 wallets—3,705 items in all, according to the LA Times.

And each year, this figure rises.

So imagine how many laptops will...

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October 13, 2017
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The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in use is forecasted to hit 8.4 billion this year. That’s more than the human population on planet Earth. And with successful attacks like Mirai (which was the malware used in the 2016 Dyn cyberattack) already a part of the IoT story, there’s plenty to worry about.

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September 27, 2017
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Jen* is one of the few people that opens and reads every piece of mail they receive. It’s a quirk that has paid off: A piece of junk mail is how Jen found out someone had stolen her identity.

“I opened a letter from Macy’s, which I thought was weird,” she said. “I haven’t shopped there in years. But the letter was a rejection of a credit card application.”

Jen took immediate action, ...

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September 25, 2017
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When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced.

Frankly, it...

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