Identity Theft

May 23, 2017
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Summers are always a popular time for moving. Whether you're a recent college graduate or a snowbird headed back up north, the warm weather is a time when many people change their address. However, moving puts the security of documents containing personal identifying information at risk of identity theft.

Protecting your identity during a move is actually easier than protecting your fragile belongings, but protecting against...

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May 18, 2017
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While the writing has been on the wall for a long time, on Friday, May 12, a new strain of ransomware called WannaCrypt, also known as WannaCry, raged like an out-of-control wildfire across Europe and Asia, ultimately impacting computers in 150 countries.

For many affected by this hack, a few hundred dollars in ransom money is a pittance when compared to the cost of hiring someone to attempt the recovery of your files after...

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May 13, 2017
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A massive, fast-moving cyber attack has hit as many as 74 countries. The ransomware attack first appeared Friday morning in the United Kingdom and has impacted computer systems at a wide range of organizations including hospitals, telecom, universities and businesses.

According to news reports, the malicious software is a variant...

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May 9, 2017
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Watch out for Mother’s Day coupon scams online.

Coupons for $50 off at Lowe’s or Bed, Bath and Beyond are making the rounds on social media—and, unfortunately, they really are too good to be true. They’re fake. They'll take you to a page featuring the retailer logo, ask you to fill out a survey to receive the deal, and then steal your personal information.

“Millions of people fall for scams...

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May 1, 2017
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At first glance, internet-connected dolls, robots or other “smart” devices that can interact with your children may seem really cool. After all, your children already talk to their toys, right? Well how do you feel about a hacker listening into everything they say to a doll?

Suddenly the toys go from cool to creepy.

The truth is that beneath the shiny surface of smart toys there is a lot going on that could put your...

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April 28, 2017
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Identity theft is still out there, keeping pace with the latest innovations and security measures, and snaring new victims every day. With the advent of cheaper, standalone, easy-to-integrate biometric technology for authentication, is it...

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April 28, 2017
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Here’s a secret way to keep your identity—and that of your loved ones—secure: Don’t give out your Social Security number unless it’s absolutely required.

That’s right. Most of the time, it’s OK to say no to schools, doctor’s offices, sports clubs and many other organizations that may ask for this nine-digit identifier. In fact, safeguarding SSNs is a key first step to protecting against identity theft and other fraud.

Identity theft continues to afflict consumers in the United...

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April 7, 2017
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Tax identity theft is an easy lucrative way for criminals to make money. Think about it: This fast-growing crime accounts for nearly half—45 percent—of identity theft crimes reported to the Federal Trade Commission.

Want to get to your tax refund before the bad guys? Follow these tips from CyberScout experts:

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April 6, 2017
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Spring has begun, which means open season on travelers who aren’t well-versed in the various scams waiting for them on the seamier side of paradise. While the scams abound, being forewarned is forearmed.

Here are some typical scams that can ruin your vacation, drawn from my book Swiped: How...

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April 5, 2017
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America got mail this weekend, about 30 emails, according to reports. They were written as recently as last year by then-Governor Mike Pence and sent from his personal AOL account. While this is a political story, it is not about politics. It’s about a nationwide problem.

The emails, released to the Indianapolis Star in response to a public records request, include state business. The revelation is that Pence used his private...

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