Identity Theft

Our Credit.com experts provide tips & advice on how you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and what you should do in the event your identity is compromised. Here, you’ll find information explaining the different forms of identity theft, how to monitor you credit for signs of identity theft & what fraud protection measures you can take.

How to Protect Your Social Security Number After a Hack

How to Protect Your Social Security Number After a Hack

How to Protect Your Social Security Number After a Hack

If you clicked here just to confirm that you have nothing to worry about, sorry – there’s plenty to worry about. This is the part in the movie when the doctor takes off her mask and gloves with a defeated sigh and delivers the dreaded news: something went horribly wrong — and we’re all potentially... Read More

Yahoo Confirms Massive Data Breach: What You Need to Know

Yahoo Confirms Massive Data Breach: What You Need to Know

Yahoo Confirms Massive Data Breach: What You Need to Know

Yahoo confirmed a massive data breach Thursday that compromised an estimated 500 million users’ personal details. The announcement follows a Yahoo investigation into claims that a hacker going by the name “Peace” was trying in early August to sell the usernames, passwords and dates of birth of Yahoo account users on the dark web. The investigation found that “certain user... Read More

How to Tell If You’ve Been Hacked (& What to Do About It)

How to Tell If You’ve Been Hacked (& What to Do About It)

How to Tell If You’ve Been Hacked (& What to Do About It)

Due to the countless ways we connect digitally, the odds of getting hacked are right up there with the likelihood of catching a cold — and like the common cold, you can increase or decrease your risk of exposure to germs that may make you miserable. The goal of a particular hacker may be the... Read More

Afraid of Catfishing? A New Tool Is Trying to Make the Internet Safer

Afraid of Catfishing? A New Tool Is Trying to Make the Internet Safer

Afraid of Catfishing? A New Tool Is Trying to Make the Internet Safer

Anyone who’s read oddly positive online reviews or happened on Twitter users with suspiciously large followings knows that the Internet is full of fakes. Bogus followers or fake reviews aren’t just annoying — they call into question the very notion of crowdsourcing, one of the Internet’s most valuable tools. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are... Read More

You Have Just 100 Days to Plan for Holiday Scams

You Have Just 100 Days to Plan for Holiday Scams

You Have Just 100 Days to Plan for Holiday Scams

Whether you are hoping we can “Make America Great Again,” working tirelessly for those who say that we are “Stronger Together,” or simply trying to make it through another day, it is highly likely that Christmas is the furthest thing from your thoughts right now. But with only 54 days ‘till Election Day, I can... Read More

Why College Freshmen Are Chum for the Cyber Sharks

Why College Freshmen Are Chum for the Cyber Sharks

Why College Freshmen Are Chum for the Cyber Sharks

Identity theft and countless other scams are often among the first life lessons learned by newly minted college students. As summer draws to a close, members of the Class of 2020 face an unimaginable number of potential pitfalls. Be prepared to meet the specific challenges ahead. Most incoming college students will at some point find... Read More

How to Avoid Getting Scammed if You Get a 1099

How to Avoid Getting Scammed if You Get a 1099

How to Avoid Getting Scammed if You Get a 1099

Working as a freelancer, gig worker or 1099 employee over the internet can sometimes be tricky. You want the work, but never want to fall for a scam or work for a company that won’t pay you. When I started working as a freelance writer, I crafted what I hoped would be the ultimate writer’s profile on LinkedIn... Read More

Watch Out for This Scam if You Follow Banks on Instagram

Watch Out for This Scam if You Follow Banks on Instagram

Watch Out for This Scam if You Follow Banks on Instagram

There are lots of good reasons to follow companies on social media — to gain insight into the brand’s priorities, learn about deals, seek inspiration, get behind-the-scenes looks, berate them for bad customer service, and so on. But who you follow on social media isn’t always private, and there are people out there who will... Read More

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