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.

4 Reasons to Be Obsessive About Identity Protection

4 Reasons to Be Obsessive About Identity Protection

4 Reasons to Be Obsessive About Identity Protection

Identity theft is far more common than you may think. In fact, 16.6 million people experienced identity theft in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. That means 7% of people over the age of 16 have experienced identity theft. Protecting yourself from this crime is a serious matter and there’s no shame in being obsessive about… Read More

6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

Credit card security has been in the news a lot lately, with high-profile data breaches at several major retailers. To be clear, there is nothing that credit card users could have done to prevent the loss of their credit card data after they used it to make a purchase. Nevertheless, there are several steps that… Read More

Possible Data Breach at Goodwill: What Should You Do?

Possible Data Breach at Goodwill: What Should You Do?

Possible Data Breach at Goodwill: What Should You Do?

Goodwill Industries International is investigating a series of apparent data breaches at its stores across the country, KrebsOnSecurity reports. If confirmed, it would be the latest in a slew of credit-card data breaches at major U.S. companies in the last several months, including P.F. Chang’s, Michaels, Sally Beauty Supply, Neiman Marcus and Target. What We… Read More

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Amid reports of looters raiding the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Banking Association announced it is taking steps to prevent misuse of the passengers’ credit and debit cards. Of the 298 people who died in the crash, 193 were Dutch. The site of the crash has apparently… Read More

Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?

Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?

Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last month approved a plan to offer free Wi-Fi in New York City area airports this fall. At the moment, travelers can access the Internet for $4.95 an hour, $7.95 for 24 hours or $9.95 a month for access at Boingo Wireless hotspots across the globe,… Read More

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

Drivers Beware of This E-ZPass Scam

As if driving on toll roads wasn’t already an annoying experience, drivers now have to watch out for a scam targeting E-ZPass users. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York (MTA) issued a warning to toll-road travelers to watch out for an E-ZPass phishing scam that popped up recently: It’s an email to consumers saying… Read More

5 Ways Your Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think It Is

5 Ways Your Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think It Is

5 Ways Your Data Isn’t as Safe as You Think It Is

There is a great deal of false information out there about data breaches, and yet it is imperative that a company knows as much as possible about this important liability. Here are five common myths about data breaches that could put a business, and its customers’ data, at risk: 1. Small Businesses Aren’t in Danger… Read More

Mickey Mouse: Identity Theft Victim

Mickey Mouse: Identity Theft Victim

Mickey Mouse: Identity Theft Victim

America’s most beloved mouse has been the victim of an alleged identity theft ring recently busted in Washington state. Police in Bellevue, Wash., found a fake ID bearing Mickey Mouse’s picture and “personal information” when they recovered dozens of fake IDs, 67 fraudulent credit cards, seven fake Social Security cards and hundreds of forged checks at… Read More

How Businesses Can Get Serious About Privacy & Security

How Businesses Can Get Serious About Privacy & Security

How Businesses Can Get Serious About Privacy & Security

In May 2014, Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, resigned following a 2013 data breach that resulted in the theft of 110 million credit and debit card transaction records. Seventy million of those records contained customers’ addresses and telephone numbers – putting those affected at risk of identity theft. Experts have… Read More

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