Learn What to Shred: Document Shredding Prevents Identity Theft
Dec13

Learn What to Shred: Document Shredding Prevents Identity Theft

To Shred or Not to Shred. That is the Question. Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card receipts, account numbers, or your social security number (SSN)? The U.S. Supreme Court implies that the answer is yes. In the decision California vs. Greenwood, they stated that the “expectation of privacy in trash left for collection in an area accessible to the public… is unreasonable.” In other...

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How to set up credit fraud alerts or credit flags
Dec13

How to set up credit fraud alerts or credit flags

Putting a fraud alert or credit flag on your credit report is one of the first things you should do if you suspect someone is trying to open credit accounts in your name. Depending on the situation, you may even need to obtain a credit freeze to help mitigate some of the risks associated with credit identity theft. Below, we’ll overview how to put a flag on your social security number through your credit bureaus. We’ll...

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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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10 Identity Theft Stats That Reflect The Growing Threat
Nov15

10 Identity Theft Stats That Reflect The Growing Threat

Identity theft is a growing threat. In 2017 alone, over 16.5 million Americans fell victim to some form of ID theft. And although fraud losses are far below their 2012 and 2013, Javelin Strategy & Research finds losses have slowly increased over the past three years. The problem runs deeper than just the number of victims and an increasing amount of financial losses. The following 10 ID theft stats and facts highlight why ID theft...

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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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