Airport Wireless Networks – Not As Safe As You Think
Dec03

Airport Wireless Networks – Not As Safe As You Think

Layovers, transfers and flight delays are more tolerable these days thanks to airport wireless internet networks. Business travelers can use time between flights to catch up on emails, holidaymakers can upload photos, and Netflix helps to pass the time. Have you ever wondered about how safe your information is when you’re using airport wifi? Like in any crowded place, hackers and criminals can steal your personal information through...

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Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft
Nov22

Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft

Reported cases of identity theft are increasing each year. In 2017, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported that nearly 179 million records were illegally released, a 44% increase of reported data breaches compared to 2016 figures. Millions of Americans are at risk of identity theft thanks to the wide availability of personal information online and breaches that make Social Security numbers available for bulk purchase on the black...

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12 Scams of Christmas
Nov15

12 Scams of Christmas

Criminals are out and about in full force during the holidays. Here are 12 scams to watch out for in the holiday season. Charitable phishing scams: beware of e-mails posing as legit charities. They will take your money and credit card info and the charity will never get your money. The e-mails asking for money may even have to charity logos, like the Red Cross or Salvation Army To assure that your charity of choice gets your donation,...

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How to protect your children from Identity Theft
Nov14

How to protect your children from Identity Theft

It’s not just adults who are victims of identity theft. Kids and teenagers are also at risk. Information stored on the Internet — birth dates, passwords, home addresses, credit card numbers, phone and Social Security numbers — can all be stolen and used for fun and profit by identity thieves. Fraudsters target young people because they have clean credit reports, and because they know the crime may go undetected for years. Young people...

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Facebook Quizzes: Sharing Your Private Data
Oct24

Facebook Quizzes: Sharing Your Private Data

Have you ever taken one of those ridiculous and inane quizzes on Facebook that tell you which color you are (“I’m Orange! Now what do I do?”), which Harry Potter character you are (see above), or which superhero your dog resembles? If so, all your private info is likely being shared with the quiz developers – whoever they may be. Those seemingly innocuous quizzes are actually apps designed to gain access to all...

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Lifelock CEO Todd Davis Does Damage Control
Mar16

Lifelock CEO Todd Davis Does Damage Control

If you hadn’t heard, identity theft company LifeLock agreed to pay $12 million dollars to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission and 35 states. The FTC felt that LifeLock ads were deceptive and overstated the protection provided by the service. Personally, I think the charges are valid and I had to chuckle a bit when I read this email from CEO Todd Davis sent out to his partners. Mr. Davis certainly has his public...

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