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.

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Digital criminals inventing and exploiting identities out of thin air, rather than impersonating real consumers, are a fast-growing menace, according to a new report from fraud-fighting firm ID Analytics. This relatively new form of identity fraud, called synthetic identity fraud, involves criminals using random Social Security numbers, mismatched names and birthdays, and other personal characteristics that… Read More

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. Introducing… Read More

Staples Investigating Data Breach: What Should You Do?

Staples Investigating Data Breach: What Should You Do?

Staples Investigating Data Breach: What Should You Do?

Staples stores in the northeastern U.S. may have been hit by a malware attack compromising an unknown number of customer credit and debit cards, security blogger Brian Krebs reported Oct. 20. Krebs’ sources in the banking industry told him of a pattern of fraud indicating a data breach that appeared to affect some stores in Pennsylvania,… Read More

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

Don’t Get Tricked: Identity Protection Tips You Need

October is a really fun month. The weather is turning, fall is in the air, and, of course, there’s Halloween! But how can consumers make sure that October is full of treats, while not falling for any scammers’ tricks? By arming themselves with the facts and the resources to protect their personally identifiable information. Trick:… Read More

When Internet Ads Attack

When Internet Ads Attack

When Internet Ads Attack

Malicious advertising, or malvertising, continues to pose a profound hazard, making visits to some of the Internet’s most popular websites a dicey proposition. Cisco researchers have identified a criminal ring, christened the “Kyle and Stan” Malvertising Network, that distributes sophisticated, mutating malware to Windows and even Mac computers. Malicious ads that come and go are… Read More

Obama Announces Plan to Fight Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud

Obama Announces Plan to Fight Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud

Obama Announces Plan to Fight Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud

Americans worry about a lot of things these days. Some pose real threats, and others are just scary. Today the president tackled threats that are unquestionably real issues in the day-to-day lives of countless Americans: identity theft and credit card fraud. About one in eight American adults (12%) were victims of identity theft in the past 12 months, according… Read More

850,000 Job Seekers May Have Been Exposed By Government Data Breach

850,000 Job Seekers May Have Been Exposed By Government Data Breach

850,000 Job Seekers May Have Been Exposed By Government Data Breach

The Oregon Department of Employment has identified more than 850,000 Oregonians whose personal information may have been compromised by a security vulnerability in its job search database, WorkSource Oregon. Unemployed Oregonians register for the database, adding their names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other information often found on job applications as they seek work. The… Read More

A Free Retina Scan With Your Next Purchase?

A Free Retina Scan With Your Next Purchase?

A Free Retina Scan With Your Next Purchase?

Increasingly, legions of sophisticated hackers are infiltrating the most state-of-the-art data security strategies out there. The recent data compromises at Kmart and JPMorgan are in no way similar, except they share a common enemy. And while free retina scanners are probably a stretch, biometrics – the use of your biological data like fingerprints — may… Read More

Do You Need to Change Your Dropbox Password?

Do You Need to Change Your Dropbox Password?

Do You Need to Change Your Dropbox Password?

Fears of a Dropbox data breach were sparked earlier this week when a few hundred username and password combinations were posted to Reddit Oct. 13. The poster claims they are a portion of a larger collection of Dropbox credentials, The Next Web reported. The user also said there is “more to come” and asked for Bitcoin donations… Read More

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