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Brian O'Connell

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Credit.com contributor, Brian is an author who’s placed two finance/investment titles in “The Book of the Month Club” and he’s a business writer whose byline has appeared in dozens of top-tier national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The Street.com, Yahoo Finance, CBS Marketwatch, and many more.

Study: Consumers Lax On Protecting Against Medical ID Theft

Identity Theft

Study: Consumers Lax On Protecting Against Medical ID Theft

Study: Consumers Lax On Protecting Against Medical ID Theft

How prevalent is medical identity theft? Why are Americans so indifferent toward it (at their peril)? And what can consumers do to protect themselves from medical identity theft? A recent national study claims to answer these questions. The National Study on Medical Identity Theft by the Poneman Institute, a California based think tank, concludes that... Read More

Disney Employee Cards Ripe For Rip-Off

Identity Theft

Disney Employee Cards Ripe For Rip-Off

Disney Employee Cards Ripe For Rip-Off

Walt Disney employees aren’t wishing on a star these days—they’re wishing their employee I.D. cards didn’t have their Social Security numbers embedded in them. With staffers at risk for identity theft, Disney’s CEO says they will send the problem—and the cards—off to never-never land. The affected employee I.D. cards, which include Disney president Bob Iger’s... Read More

ID Theft Watch: Old Cell Phones Contain Key Private Data

Identity Theft

ID Theft Watch: Old Cell Phones Contain Key Private Data

ID Theft Watch: Old Cell Phones Contain Key Private Data

Thinking about selling your second hand mobile phone, or donating it to charity? If you’ve just purchased the latest iPhone or Android, you might want to take a few extra precautions before getting rid of your old phone so that you don’t leave yourself open to identity theft.  A New U.K. study has the facts,... Read More

Donating to Japan Disaster Relief? Avoid These Scams

Identity Theft

Donating to Japan Disaster Relief? Avoid These Scams

Donating to Japan Disaster Relief? Avoid These Scams

In the wake of a natural disaster, many feel a natural urge to donate. Unfortunately, scam artists have an equally predictable response—they pose as relief agencies or charitable organizations in hopes of intercepting money or personal information. It happened after Hurricane Katrina. It happened after the earthquake in Haiti. Now, it’s happening again, in the... Read More

TransUnion: Eight Million Credit Card Users “Inactive”

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TransUnion: Eight Million Credit Card Users “Inactive”

TransUnion: Eight Million Credit Card Users “Inactive”

A new study from TransUnion claims that there are eight million inactive credit card accounts in the U.S. today. The whopping number of inactive accounts likely triggered a 24.6% slide in U.S. credit card delinquency rates, according to the TransUnion study. Financial demographics play a big role, too. Most of those eight million inactive card... Read More

FBI Says White Collar Cyber Crime Tops 300,000 in ’10

Identity Theft

FBI Says White Collar Cyber Crime Tops 300,000 in ’10

FBI Says White Collar Cyber Crime Tops 300,000 in ’10

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has just revealed some interesting statistics on a burgeoning headache — white-collar Internet crime. Whether its fraudsters impersonating FBI agents or cyber-hackers stealing consumer financial data, the Bureau has its hands full — and is asking the public for help. The numbers come from the FBI’s 2010 Internet Crime... Read More

New Index Tracks Cyber-Crime on Daily Basis

Identity Theft

New Index Tracks Cyber-Crime on Daily Basis

New Index Tracks Cyber-Crime on Daily Basis

Computer security giant, Norton is coming out with a new “CyberCrime Index” that consumers can use, free of charge, to keep up with the rate of cyber security threats – on a daily basis. At first glance, the Norton effort doesn’t look like a pretty site. The CyberCrime Index is chock full of bad news... Read More

Google to Users: Skittish About Security? We’ve Got Your Back

Identity Theft

Google to Users: Skittish About Security? We’ve Got Your Back

Google to Users: Skittish About Security? We’ve Got Your Back

Google is offering customers a second layer of protection when logging into their accounts. The idea is to have another line of defense if a user’s password is swiped. So what, exactly is the search engine leviathan doing, and what should consumers know about it? The announcement was rolled out on February 11, in a blog... Read More

New White House Mortgage Plan: Winners and Losers

Personal Finance

New White House Mortgage Plan: Winners and Losers

New White House Mortgage Plan: Winners and Losers

The Obama Administration is out with a brand new plan to reform the U.S. mortgage market, and from an early glimpse at the plan, banks are going to love it — but government-sponsored enterprise’s? Not so much. The reaction from impacted groups are coming in hot and heavy after the release of the white paper... Read More

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