Identity Theft

July 6, 2017
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Do you know how often you use artificial intelligence tools every day?

Many people associate artificial intelligence or “AI” with robots and science fiction movies, but the reality is that if you use a cell phone, digital assistant or a computer, then you are likely already interacting with AI technology.

The point of most AI technologies is to make your life easier. To do that, they “listen...

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June 30, 2017
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A friend of mine showed up last night at a place we sometimes meet. He looked like Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale after lobbing a game-ending home run to Aaron Judge of the Yankees. He was supposed to have been on a plane to Italy. I asked him what happened.

“We were all set to head out,” he said. “First leg: Rome. But I just canceled our tickets, like, a second ago.”

I asked why.

“Airbnb scam,” he said.

It was supposed to be the perfect trip. He and his wife have a 2...

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June 28, 2017
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In today’s connected world, cyber crime seems to be everywhere—at home, at work and in the devices we carry with us around the clock. Information security threats are more complex, widespread and challenging to address than ever before. And their speed has increased, as new vulnerabilities are discovered and exploited on a daily basis. Organizations and government agencies of all sizes are under attack, putting the personal information of millions of people at...

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June 21, 2017
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Summer’s here and the time is right for getting hacked or worse, having the contents of your computer held hostage by ransomware. For a couple of carefree and extreme data-consuming months, kids everywhere will be doing whatever they want online even if you’ve tried to control them.

In other words, be very afraid.

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June 15, 2017
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Weddings require many important decisions and the wrong call can mean the difference between an unforgettable wonderful day and a day that makes you angry every time you think about it.

The often unreasonably high expectations of families and friends and at least one spouse-to-be only makes matters more fraught. With such a high level of stress, it’s only a matter of luck that mistakes don’t get made. Scam artists are counting...

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June 12, 2017
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Have you ever been on a website and noticed the site owner or another user has written out their email address in some variation of the following?

Name (at) domain dot com

If you wondered if the person was just averse to using symbols, you may be interested to know it’s actually a decent method for reducing unwanted spam emails and protecting yourself from possible phishing scams and even ...

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June 7, 2017
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You may now add Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried to the pool of celebrities who’ve been hacked and publicly humiliated. No doubt, other high-profile individuals will follow.

It’s a reminder that “high net worth individuals,” or...

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June 7, 2017
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Getting ready for some new summer looks? Start early and look no further than your wallet or handbag. 

We’re all moving so fast that it’s easy to let receipts and other IDs and documentation accumulate. Don’t be a George Costanza with an exploding wallet. Limit what you store in a wallet and handbag. Try to carry only what you need on a daily basis. Keep a record of what you carry in a secure place at home, so that you’ll know what to replace if it is lost or stolen. Be sure to leave...

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June 1, 2017
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A recent Experian study found that most people still have a lot to learn about the risk of identity theft. The majority of those surveyed felt like they were safe from identity theft, but not for the right reasons. The most popular misconception was that scammers, phishers and identity thieves only target the rich and possibly famous.

In reality, identity thieves target low-hanging fruit. To an identity thief, we’re all Kim...

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May 26, 2017
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As the weather gets warmer, mosquitos and ticks re-enter our lives, and along with them comes their larger cousin, the scam artist. There are ways to prepare for those seasonal meal stealers. The same goes for scams, as knowledge is the best repellent.

Ticks and mosquitos aren’t harmless—they are well-known vectors for serious illnesses. Scam artists also are vectors for a plague that affects millions of people each year: ...

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