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Adam Levin

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

Adam Levin is co-founder of Credit.com and 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.

Why There Will Be Another Major Data Breach

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Why There Will Be Another Major Data Breach

Why There Will Be Another Major Data Breach

The storm of consumer-focused data breaches started off as intermittent downpours — Choicepoint, TJ Maxx, SONY, LinkedIn, Twitter, Adobe Systems — and is now a torrent: Target, Neiman Marcus, Kickstarter, White Lodging, the Sands Casino, and now everyone who’s attended or worked at the University of Maryland since 1998. In each case, hackers weren’t after... Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Breakup

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5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Breakup

5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Breakup

Forget the “till death do us part” mantra — cohabitation has become the new normal in the U.S. Most millennials will move in with a significant other before marriage, and a high percentage of them will end up packing their boxes to leave. A National Center for Health Statistics report found that of those who... Read More

Small Businesses: Prepare to Be Breached!

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Small Businesses: Prepare to Be Breached!

Small Businesses: Prepare to Be Breached!

If some in the small business community thought to themselves, “better them than us,” after hearing that hackers had breached mega chains Target, Neiman Marcus and (possibly) Michaels, their bliss was short-lived. Reports surfaced last week that the cyber-intruders accessed Targets’ systems by first hacking one of their (comparatively) small regional contractors, Fazio Mechanical Services. Fazio,... Read More

5 Ways to Spot a Catfisher Who Wants More Than Love

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5 Ways to Spot a Catfisher Who Wants More Than Love

5 Ways to Spot a Catfisher Who Wants More Than Love

Regular viewers of MTV’s series “Catfish” (in which online-only, deceptive relationships are pulled into the real world, albeit with cameras running) might think that the show just highlights the extreme cases of a common problem – people who tell lies in search of a personal connection. For instance, studies show that about 81% of people... Read More

Data Breaches: Does the Government Need to Step In?

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Data Breaches: Does the Government Need to Step In?

Data Breaches: Does the Government Need to Step In?

To listen to some House Republicans at the Target hearing Wednesday, and the Senate Republicans on Tuesday, one would be forgiven for thinking that the massive data breaches experienced by customers of Target, Neiman Marcus and the hotel management chain White Lodging were serious enough to warrant two Congressional hearings (and one more to come),... Read More

Should Banks Be in the Marijuana Business?

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Should Banks Be in the Marijuana Business?

Should Banks Be in the Marijuana Business?

For many people like me, starting your own business is the embodiment of the American dream – you get to be your own boss, build something from the ground up and revel in its success. But for some budding entrepreneurs in several states their small businesses have become big financial nightmares – and not because... Read More

4 Ways to Keep Your Cellphone From Getting Hacked

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4 Ways to Keep Your Cellphone From Getting Hacked

4 Ways to Keep Your Cellphone From Getting Hacked

By now, most of us know that when surfing the Web we shouldn’t click on ads promising us new ways to lose weight without dieting, read emails about magic pills to boost our “egos” or even click on Twitter links about the “shocking” pictures some friend supposedly found of us online.  That is, we know... Read More

The Real Reason to Start Your Taxes Now

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The Real Reason to Start Your Taxes Now

The Real Reason to Start Your Taxes Now

How would you cope if the tax refund you were counting on, and were counting the days until you received, just never showed up? How freaked out would you be if you found that it was sent to another address instead? How angry would you be if you received a notice a couple weeks after... Read More

The 4 Ways You’ll Get Hacked

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The 4 Ways You’ll Get Hacked

The 4 Ways You’ll Get Hacked

Amid all the news that hackers gave gotten their hands on millions of credit card numbers and contact information from at least five retailers – including Target and Neiman Marcus – many of you might be wondering what those thieves could really net from just an email address, home address, phone number or a credit... Read More

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