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 Your Identity Theft IQ?

What’s Your Identity Theft IQ?

What’s Your Identity Theft IQ?

The first step when it comes to identity theft is admitting you have a problem. Knowing your ID IQ is a good place to start. You’ve probably seen those red-and-white buttons that warble when swatted, “That was easy!” However, on the battlefield of identity theft awareness, nothing is easy. People know it’s a threat, but… Read More

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

Looking for Love? Watch Out for Sweetheart Scams

At the Identity Theft Resource Center, we’re seeing an increase in in both frequency and severity of the sweetheart scam. Such scams happen when a criminal poses as a suitor who is romantically interested in the victim. As the online relationship progresses, the swindler begins to financially exploit the victim. In the past, criminals used personal ads and,… Read More

The Facebook Scam That Tricks You Into Hacking Yourself

The Facebook Scam That Tricks You Into Hacking Yourself

The Facebook Scam That Tricks You Into Hacking Yourself

There’s apparently a new Facebook scam that would probably make you feel like a huge idiot if you fell for it. It’s more embarrassing than anything else, because it involves you attempting to hack someone else’s account, when really, all you do is give scammers access to yours. Instead of breaking into your friend or… Read More

96% of Companies Have Experienced a Security Breach

96% of Companies Have Experienced a Security Breach

96% of Companies Have Experienced a Security Breach

Nearly every single organization in a study that looked at U.S. and European companies across several industries experienced at least one security breach, with many reporting more than one, according to IT security firm ForeScout’s State of IT Cyberdefense Maturity Report. More than 96% of respondents experienced a security incident while 39% experienced between two and five, and about 16% experienced more… Read More

Is This the Death of Passwords?

Is This the Death of Passwords?

Is This the Death of Passwords?

Is it possible that your next password might be as simple and subtle as the way you type or hold your smartphone? If you hate trying to fill out those CAPTCHA forms with impossible-to-decipher characters, a new strategy for telling the difference between people and computers might give you some hope. Secrets are used to… Read More

Operation Emmental: Could Your Bank Get Hacked?

Operation Emmental: Could Your Bank Get Hacked?

Operation Emmental: Could Your Bank Get Hacked?

When you go online to bank, you probably assume the site – along with your transaction – is secure. However, a new report shows that your banking experience could be more vulnerable than you think. Operation Emmental, cleverly named by Trend Micro to convey how full of holes online banking protections can be, is the… Read More

4 Reasons to Be Obsessive About Identity Protection

4 Reasons to Be Obsessive About Identity Protection

4 Reasons to Be Obsessive About Identity Protection

Identity theft is far more common than you may think. In fact, 16.6 million people experienced identity theft in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. That means 7% of people over the age of 16 have experienced identity theft. Protecting yourself from this crime is a serious matter and there’s no shame in being obsessive about… Read More

6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Credit Card Safe

Credit card security has been in the news a lot lately, with high-profile data breaches at several major retailers. To be clear, there is nothing that credit card users could have done to prevent the loss of their credit card data after they used it to make a purchase. Nevertheless, there are several steps that… Read More

Possible Data Breach at Goodwill: What Should You Do?

Possible Data Breach at Goodwill: What Should You Do?

Possible Data Breach at Goodwill: What Should You Do?

Goodwill Industries International is investigating a series of apparent data breaches at its stores across the country, KrebsOnSecurity reports. If confirmed, it would be the latest in a slew of credit-card data breaches at major U.S. companies in the last several months, including P.F. Chang’s, Michaels, Sally Beauty Supply, Neiman Marcus and Target. What We… Read More

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