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.

My Run-In With a Real-Life Hacker

My Run-In With a Real-Life Hacker

My Run-In With a Real-Life Hacker

I received an unexpected email from a friend today with a Google doc attachment. It was a friendly note, so friendly that I did consider clicking on it — even with about 20 years experience watching all manner of hacker tricks.  Fortunately, I stopped and asked a simple question, which is almost always enough to… Read More

How to Spot a Fake Job on Craigslist

How to Spot a Fake Job on Craigslist

How to Spot a Fake Job on Craigslist

Craigslist, when used cautiously, can be extremely helpful for finding all sorts of things, like bicycles, roommates or even employment. When hunting for something on Craigslist, you should go into the process with a little skepticism, because there are plenty of things on there that are too good to be true. The Better Business Bureau… Read More

Who’s the Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft?

Who’s the Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft?

Who’s the Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft?

Middle-aged Americans have experienced more personal data breaches than others — at least, they report it most often. A recent survey from the Pew Research Center said 20% of Internet users ages 30 to 49 years old and 20% of those ages 50 to 64 reported having important personal information stolen as of January 2014…. Read More

1 in 5 Americans Have Been Breached

1 in 5 Americans Have Been Breached

1 in 5 Americans Have Been Breached

The number of U.S. citizens who have experienced a data breach has increased, according to Pew Research. In fact, 18% of adults have had information stolen via the Internet between 2013 and 2014. Such information could be a Social Security number, credit card or bank account data. In 2013, that number was only 11%. The total… Read More

Should You Trust HR With Your Personal Info?

Should You Trust HR With Your Personal Info?

Should You Trust HR With Your Personal Info?

Your human resources department plays a vital role in how your company gets things done. It makes sure you are staffed properly, that benefits are administered and many other important obligations are met in a timely manner. Everyone knows the pitfalls of the HR department. If they recruit a bad player, it can hurt morale,… Read More

What to Do If You Were Caught in the Michaels Data Breach

What to Do If You Were Caught in the Michaels Data Breach

What to Do If You Were Caught in the Michaels Data Breach

Approximately 2.7 million consumer credit and debit cards may have been compromised by attacks on the payment systems at Michaels, a giant craft-supply retailer, and Aaron Brothers, its sister company. Michaels informed customers in January of a potential breach, shortly after the revelation that hackers stole the credit and debit card information of millions of… Read More

Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

Are Netflix Customers Still Being Scammed?

In February, a scam surfaced that alerted Netflix users their accounts had been compromised and they needed to call customer support to resolve the issue. The 800-number connected users with hackers trying to get customers’ personal information — a practice known as phishing — as well as attempting to search victims’ computers using remote-access software…. Read More

The 5 Dumbest Credit Moves

The 5 Dumbest Credit Moves

The 5 Dumbest Credit Moves

Several years ago, I watched in amazement when the CEO of a major identity theft protection firm, appeared in a series of commercials waving his Social Security card in the air, parading his Social Security number on a billboard through heavily populated urban areas and screaming his SSN through a bullhorn as a challenge to… Read More

Will the Internet Ever Be ‘Safe’?

Will the Internet Ever Be ‘Safe’?

Will the Internet Ever Be ‘Safe’?

This one really hurts. In the past few months, consumers have been deluged with one reason after another to fear technology and transactions. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. Millions of stolen credit cards. Millions of passwords leaked and lost by Adobe. Net users are used to, and perhaps growing numb to, the constant bad news. But… Read More

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