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.

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Home Depot Inc. is investigating a potential credit card data theft incident, the store told security researcher Brian Krebs on Monday, according to a post on Krebs’ website. The theft is similar to the massive hack that hit Target stories last year, Krebs reported, and might include thousands of Home Depot locations. In a subsequent… Read More

Celebrities Aren’t the Only Ones With Embarrassing Secrets…

Celebrities Aren’t the Only Ones With Embarrassing Secrets…

Celebrities Aren’t the Only Ones With Embarrassing Secrets…

Not all secrets are equal. Some are far more sensitive than others, and these require special care. If this weekend’s leak of celebrity nude photos teaches us anything (we already knew the Net was full of creeps and hackers), it reminds us that anyone can fall victim to theft of incredibly sensitive information. I’d venture… Read More

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

When a Data Breach Is an Inside Job

While companies can spend millions on their IT security systems to prevent cyberattacks and other common security risks, they may be fighting a losing battle if their worst enemy already has the password and unrestricted access to their systems. While breaches and other security events from external causes are difficult to detect, tracking insider attacks… Read More

Another Target Security Breach?

Another Target Security Breach?

Another Target Security Breach?

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is looking into a security breach involving Target stores in central California, ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento reports, though it is unrelated to the cyberattack that affected Target stores across the country at the end of 2013. The new issue was detected in January, and investigators identified a suspect in April. Postal… Read More

How Buying Gas Could Cost You Your Identity

How Buying Gas Could Cost You Your Identity

How Buying Gas Could Cost You Your Identity

Labor Day weekend presents a welcome opportunity to get out of town, spend a few days with friends and family and look forward to a shortened work week, but consumers aren’t the only ones excited about the holiday. Nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day… Read More

The JPMorgan Hack: What Should You Do?

The JPMorgan Hack: What Should You Do?

The JPMorgan Hack: What Should You Do?

JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank were reportedly victims of a cyberattack, possibly orchestrated from Russia as retaliation for economic sanctions from the U.S. and European nations. Bloomberg first reported the breach based on sources familiar with the FBI investigation, which remains unconfirmed by the FBI and Chase. Requests for comment made by… Read More

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 34 Veterans’ Identities

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 34 Veterans’ Identities

Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing 34 Veterans’ Identities

A Florida man was arrested Aug. 20 for allegedly stealing the Social Security numbers of 34 veterans who were treated at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Willie Streater, 24, worked for Secure Waste Disposal, an Orlando company the medical center used to shred files containing personally… Read More

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

You’ve watched enough Tarantino to know you should only bring a knife to a gunfight if you’re Uma Thurman. Bringing a debit card to a bar is like the proverbial knife at a gunfight: a shoot-ready script for getting killed by the bill. Bar = party, but you don’t want to run up debt and… Read More

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