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Adam Levin

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

Adam Levin is chairman and 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: What Identity Thieves Do — And How to Stop Them, a practical, lively book that is essential to surviving the ever-changing world of online security.

The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

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The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

The New Grave Robbers: Identity Thieves

Take your driver’s license out of your wallet. Flip it over. Now look carefully at the back of it. There’s no box to check for “Identity Donor.” Yet when it comes to identity-related crimes, one of the greatest times of vulnerability is immediately after you die. You can do everything right. You can use long… Read More

Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

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Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

Should the Secret Service Protect Candidates Online?

The Democratic and Republican gristmills got to work last week on Hillary Clinton’s “homebrew” email, and the ensuing firestorm underscored an alarming lack of cyber-savvy among the leading players of the 2016 election. It also raised a serious question: Should the Secret Service protect presidential candidates from cyberattacks? News of Hillary Clinton’s use of a… Read More

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

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Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash—and a lot of it.  Like an international lottery, the phenomenon… Read More

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

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Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said. I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have… Read More

Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn’t So Anonymous

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Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn’t So Anonymous

Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn’t So Anonymous

A recent report in Science Magazine revealed the soft underbelly of what was once considered a well-armored use of “anonymized” consumer information. The study’s authors were able to successfully identify consumers based on several anonymized data sets—specifically, their credit card purchases. Using purchase metadata with no credit card numbers, names or any other simple identifiers,… Read More

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

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The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

The Simple Email Trick That Could Protect Your Identity

“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity,” Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed in The Facebook Effect. Easy for him to say. Facebook has made a mint on data integrity—your personal information yoked to likes and dislikes sold to the highest bidder. But here’s some bad news for Zuck: When it comes… Read More

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

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Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it’s illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Opponents say that’s an overreach, one that will erode an important consumer protection. “Gee, I can’t talk… Read More

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” President Obama proclaimed at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. In wide-ranging remarks, the president expressed what should be a self-evident truth, but is not yet a reality in the new digital age: “As Americans, we shouldn’t have to forfeit our basic privacy… Read More

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