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.

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

If you’re one of the millions of folks who used a payment card at a Home Depot store this past spring or summer your identity may be at risk. I asked Chris Camejo, director of assessment services at NTT Com Security, to outline the go-forward ramifications of the Home Depot breach for the victims and future Home Depot customers… Read More

Bad Idea: Buying a Fake ID Online

Bad Idea: Buying a Fake ID Online

Bad Idea: Buying a Fake ID Online

The fake ID has been a popular purchase for decades among Americans younger than the drinking age. Many entrepreneurs have stories of creating a successful fake-ID business on college campuses (it’s illegal, but it’s lucrative), because as long as there have been rules, there have been people looking to break them. To no one’s surprise, the industry… Read More

3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

Last month a story in the Wall Street Journal article sent a shudder down our collective parental spine. Google is planning to open Gmail and YouTube to kids under the age of 13. While the company will restrict this king’s ransom of new clicks to kid-friendly content, hackers could well have a field day. Lest… Read More

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

If technology exists that could stop scammy robocalls before they pester and cheat Americans, why don’t phone companies use it?  That’s the crux of a letter sent Tuesday by attorneys general from 39 states and territories to the Federal Communications Commission. Software with names like NoMoRobo, Call Control and Telemarketing Guard can root out many unwanted and… Read More

Are Credit Cards Really Safer Than Debit Cards?

Are Credit Cards Really Safer Than Debit Cards?

Are Credit Cards Really Safer Than Debit Cards?

Credit or debit — it’s a choice some consumers make without thinking, while others find the decision a bit more perplexing. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding which form of payment is best for you, but the recent spike in payment-system breaches brings one issue to the forefront: security. Unauthorized transactions… Read More

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

Can Prepaid Cards Protect You From Data Breaches?

If the constant news of data breaches makes you nervous, it should. “Data breaches are the greatest risk factor for identity fraud,” warns Javelin Strategy and Research. And debit cardholders should be particularly worried because nearly half (46%) of consumers whose debit cards were breached in 2013 became fraud victims that same year, according to Javelin…. Read More

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach: What’s Next?

Home Depot shoppers, check your credit card bills and bank statements. The home improvement giant confirmed Monday it was hit by hackers. While information is still scarce, it’s clear the hack will have a huge footprint. Here’s the relevant part of the firm’s statement: “Last Tuesday, September 2, we disclosed that we were investigating a… Read More

It Took Me 850 Days to Get My Tax Refund

It Took Me 850 Days to Get My Tax Refund

It Took Me 850 Days to Get My Tax Refund

Death involves a lot of paperwork. It’s not something people associate with losing a loved one, but for Wendy Boka Gonzalez, paperwork was one of the things she hated most after her husband died suddenly at age 31 of a pulmonary embolism — when one or more of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs is blocked…. Read More

Is Your Grandma the Target of Online Dating Scams?

Is Your Grandma the Target of Online Dating Scams?

Is Your Grandma the Target of Online Dating Scams?

Scammers know no limits when it comes to taking advantage of the elderly: There are the notorious grandparent scams, but apparently seniors seeking love are a favorite target, as well. After allegedly using dating sites to prey on seniors for more than a year, a Maryland man was indicted Aug. 21 on charges related to… Read More

Police Hope Software Will Stop Crime Before It Happens

Police Hope Software Will Stop Crime Before It Happens

Police Hope Software Will Stop Crime Before It Happens

The promise to local police departments is simple: Buy our software, and we will help you prevent crime before it happens. How? Through a social media “listening lens.” Called “SnapTrends,” the web-based service sifts through every Facebook status, Tweet, Instagram photo, YouTube video and other social media post within a designated area. That “listening lens”… Read More

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