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New Malware Steals Your Files … Forever

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New Malware Steals Your Files … Forever

New Malware Steals Your Files … Forever

It’s always a good idea to back up your computer files. But now, it’s a great idea. An especially nasty form of ransomware — known as CryptoLocker — was recently discovered, and it puts computer users at risk of losing their files forever. In most forms of ransomware, infected computers “freeze” and essentially are held… Read More

How to Spot Apartment Rental Scams

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How to Spot Apartment Rental Scams

How to Spot Apartment Rental Scams

Rental scams have exploded in recent years, typically preying on vacationers looking for a week or two of R&R — only to get a “ruse” and “ripoff” in paying upfront for unavailable properties that don’t exist, are actually for sale (not rent), or are currently occupied. But there’s a more sinister — and troublesome —… Read More

Beware: It’s Getting Easier to Skim Credit Cards

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Beware: It’s Getting Easier to Skim Credit Cards

Beware: It’s Getting Easier to Skim Credit Cards

Credit card skimming devices are becoming more popular around the U.S. and causing a growing number of Americans to have their personal identity stolen by thieves who install these small devices at gas station pumps. Credit card skimmers are installed on pumps so when customers swipe their cards, their account info is copied from the magnetic… Read More

The ABCs of Back-to-School Identity Theft Protection

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The ABCs of Back-to-School Identity Theft Protection

The ABCs of Back-to-School Identity Theft Protection

Parents, add this to your back-to-school shopping list: identity theft protection tips and supplies. It’s that hectic time of year again when you’re repeatedly asked to share your child’s personal information for school registration, sports sign-up forms and dorm move-ins. But you may be exposing your child to fraud when you’re filling out those forms…. Read More

Why You Need to Protect Your Wireless Connections

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Why You Need to Protect Your Wireless Connections

Why You Need to Protect Your Wireless Connections

By Lauren Roberts Society’s come a long way since the days of picking up hitchhikers and leaving doors unlocked without a second thought. For better or worse, today’s world requires a lot more vigilance and privacy. Just as no one would reasonably offer a stranger a 250-mile lift to the next state, no one should… Read More

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud at the Hospital

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How to Protect Yourself from Fraud at the Hospital

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud at the Hospital

Of all the places where people want to feel secure and protected, hospitals must certainly rank at the top. But even those who aren’t afraid of being poked and prodded have something to worry about: hospitals are a growing scene for identity theft and fraud. The fraud that’s happening in hospitals isn’t simple, either. In… Read More

How to Protect Yourself at the ATM

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How to Protect Yourself at the ATM

How to Protect Yourself at the ATM

What would life be without the 2.2 million automated teller machines (ATMs) that give millions of Americans ready access to their bank accounts every day …

FTC Supports New Social Security Numbers for Child ID Theft Victims

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FTC Supports New Social Security Numbers for Child ID Theft Victims

FTC Supports New Social Security Numbers for Child ID Theft Victims

A Social Security Administration (SSA) proposal that would allow child identity theft victims to receive new, clean Social Security numbers has the full backing of the Federal Trade Commission. In February, the SSA invited other government agencies to comment on the proposal, which would allow the issuance of new Social Security numbers to children younger than 13… Read More

Help! Someone Took Out Student Loans in My Name

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Help! Someone Took Out Student Loans in My Name

Help! Someone Took Out Student Loans in My Name

By Kelly Santos In a new form of identity theft, fraud rings are stealing personal information then applying to low-cost, online colleges to milk money from federal student loan programs. But Uncle Sam is hardly the only victim here. Trapped in red tape, one San Francisco Bay area woman has spent more than a year… Read More

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