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.

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

Should Banks Be Allowed to Robocall Your Cellphone?

According to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it’s illegal to robocall a mobile phone number without permission. The American Bankers Association wants to change that, arguing that robocalls will help fight identity theft and other kinds of fraud. Opponents say that’s an overreach, one that will erode an important consumer protection. “Gee, I can’t talk… Read More

5 Ways Your Credit Card Can Be Stolen Right Under Your Nose

5 Ways Your Credit Card Can Be Stolen Right Under Your Nose

5 Ways Your Credit Card Can Be Stolen Right Under Your Nose

There are several things people freak out about when their wallets or purses have been stolen: knowing a thief has your ID (and your home address), losing irreplaceable gift cards or cash, and having to cancel your credit cards. That’s usually the first thing people do — call their banks — but it’s easy to… Read More

25 Passwords You Should Never Use

25 Passwords You Should Never Use

25 Passwords You Should Never Use

Everyone knows you should use a strong password, something like Di8y$xUh7#z, but plenty of people ignore that piece of life advice. Coming up with strong, easy-to-remember passwords is not difficult. Still, plenty of people insist on using stupid character sequences that a child could guess. This brings us to the list of the most common… Read More

The 3 Scams to Look Out for in 2015

The 3 Scams to Look Out for in 2015

The 3 Scams to Look Out for in 2015

It’s a new year, meaning people are trying to rid their lives of all sorts of annoyances and bad habits, but if there’s one thing you can count on not going away, it’s people trying to scam you. Scammers are and always have been a threat to your security and financial stability, but most are… Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing an Identity Theft Complaint

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing an Identity Theft Complaint

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing an Identity Theft Complaint

It’s your worst fear come true: You receive a data breach notification letter or spot suspicious activity on your bank statement indicating someone has stolen your personal information. While no one wants to learn they have become an identity theft victim, it’s important to protect your personal and financial accounts after discovering someone else used your… Read More

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Obama’s Data Security Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” President Obama proclaimed at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. In wide-ranging remarks, the president expressed what should be a self-evident truth, but is not yet a reality in the new digital age: “As Americans, we shouldn’t have to forfeit our basic privacy… Read More

Could Smart Homes Compromise Your Privacy?

Could Smart Homes Compromise Your Privacy?

Could Smart Homes Compromise Your Privacy?

Imagine the home of the future. While these smart homes may not be connected to transportation pods like in “The Jetsons” or have pizza hydrators like in “Back to the Future Part II,” one thing’s for sure: Abodes will be increasingly high-tech, relying on the Internet to function. The enhanced connectivity in smart homes could… Read More

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Two federal laws designed to create new federal rights to privacy are part of a sweeping new set of four broad digital-age consumer protections to be proposed by the administration, President Barack Obama announced Monday. Speaking at the Federal Trade Commission, Obama announced four proposals designed to deal with a growing sense among Americans that… Read More

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