8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

Identity Theft

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

The Star Wars Cantina of cybercriminals targeting your identity, healthcare, finances and privacy today might seem like a movie you’ve seen so many times you could lip sync the entire thing. Nevertheless, cybercrime and identity-related scams change faster than trending hashtags on Twitter, and the fact is nobody knows what’s going to happen next. Who… Read More

4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

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4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

As new graduates climb down from the ivory tower (diploma in hand), many will be facing “real world” transactions for the first time, and they are at risk. Identity-related crimes, bad deals and credit score pitfalls pockmark the road ahead. And for those new grads who are thinking, “It can’t happen to me,” prepare to… Read More

The Wrong Ways to Get Rid of Your Student Loans

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The Wrong Ways to Get Rid of Your Student Loans

The Wrong Ways to Get Rid of Your Student Loans

Class of 2014, the time has come to find a job and start paying down your student loans. Like many young graduates, you probably don’t feel like embracing this particular change. If that’s the case, I’d like to suggest you at least consider shaking its hand. Commencement season is here, which means a torrent of… Read More

Could a Bad Credit Score Make You Homeless?

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Could a Bad Credit Score Make You Homeless?

Could a Bad Credit Score Make You Homeless?

A landlord in San Francisco recently wrote letters to tenants that said if their FICO credit score was below 725 or they made less than $100,000 a year, they would have to move out. A media dust-up ensued and the landlord retracted the letter. While this is an extreme case, it just goes to show… Read More

Can Corporate America Protect Us From Hackers?

Identity Theft

Can Corporate America Protect Us From Hackers?

Can Corporate America Protect Us From Hackers?

Gregg Steinhafel’s ouster at Target this week was a major C-Suite casualty in corporate America’s war on hackers. Sales took a major nosedive after the retailer’s big breach hit the news last December, with fourth-quarter profits down 46%. So what’s a CEO to do? First of all, if it seems a little overblown to blame… Read More

A Mom’s Guide to Keeping Your Kid’s Identity Safe

Identity Theft

A Mom’s Guide to Keeping Your Kid’s Identity Safe

A Mom’s Guide to Keeping Your Kid’s Identity Safe

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day aren’t only boons to the greeting card business—for parents they provide a welcome break, a chance to sleep in and take it easy, and spend some quality time thinking about… child identity theft. Huh? OK, maybe you aren’t kicking back in your down-time and thinking about the finer points of… Read More

The Data Breach Blame Game Has No Winners

Identity Theft

The Data Breach Blame Game Has No Winners

The Data Breach Blame Game Has No Winners

Today’s data breaches are like a game of musical chairs: sooner or later, you’ll have to face the music. Last year was bad for data security: More than 800 million records containing sensitive consumer data were exposed. News of breaches keeps rolling in. Identity theft—which had been considered a crass scare tactic conjured up by… Read More

The Laziest Ways to Improve Your Credit

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The Laziest Ways to Improve Your Credit

The Laziest Ways to Improve Your Credit

There are people out there who expend a lot of energy in the quest for a totally meaningless perfect credit score, which I’ve written about elsewhere. Most people know it’s important to have good credit, but they don’t want to spend too much time worrying about it. The good news is that you can be… Read More

Should You Trust HR With Your Personal Info?

Identity Theft

Should You Trust HR With Your Personal Info?

Should You Trust HR With Your Personal Info?

Your human resources department plays a vital role in how your company gets things done. It makes sure you are staffed properly, that benefits are administered and many other important obligations are met in a timely manner. Everyone knows the pitfalls of the HR department. If they recruit a bad player, it can hurt morale,… Read More

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