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Adam Levin

Co-Founder, Credit.com |  In Identity Theft, Personal Finance

Adam Levin is co-founder of Credit.com and the chairman and founder of CyberScout (formerly IDT911). His experience as former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs gives him unique insight into consumer privacy, legislation and financial advocacy. He is a nationally recognized expert on identity theft and credit, and is the author of SWIPED: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, a practical, lively book that is essential to surviving the ever-changing world of online security.

Can You Hack-Proof Your Personal Email Address?

Identity Theft

Can You Hack-Proof Your Personal Email Address?

Can You Hack-Proof Your Personal Email Address?

How would you feel if the digital “you” were deleted? The common wisdom in cybersecurity circles is that if you think it can’t happen to you, it probably will. Consider Mat Honan’s story. “First my Google account was taken over, then deleted,” Honan wrote. “Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform... Read More

5 Ways to Keep Your Personal Health Information Safe

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5 Ways to Keep Your Personal Health Information Safe

5 Ways to Keep Your Personal Health Information Safe

Did members of the royal family go under the knife at an upscale London plastic surgery clinic? A recent hack at London Bridge Plastic Surgery may reveal the answer to that—and many other questions you never thought to ask. Setting aside the obvious follow-up questions (Do you care? Is it any of your business?) and... Read More

Why Spam Is More Dangerous Than Ever

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Why Spam Is More Dangerous Than Ever

Why Spam Is More Dangerous Than Ever

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... Read More

Are Your Connected Devices Safe?

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Are Your Connected Devices Safe?

Are Your Connected Devices Safe?

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.... Read More

Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

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Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

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 seemed like a relatively... Read More

The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

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The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate. When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies... Read More

How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the Storm

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How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the Storm

How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the Storm

You’ve seen the dramatic footage of rescues and calamities, shots of stranded families, pets, and wildlife—even giant carp—and you’ve probably had the same reaction many other Americans had the past few weeks: “How can I help?” There are myriad ways you can ease the suffering and hardship being experienced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,... Read More

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