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.

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

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn’t Enough

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn’t Enough

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn’t Enough

The Heartbleed bug has sent a shockwave through the Internet, as millions of users try to take stock of all of the accounts they’ve ever created and figure out how to change their passwords. Too bad their passwords are just the beginning of the problem. Given the reach of Heartbleed and how long the bug… Read More

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

If you’re like most people, the news of the Heartbleed bug and how broadly its security flaw spread is worrisome enough. But the list of sites where you absolutely have to change your passwords looks daunting for anyone. You probably have to change passwords on your email, your Facebook, and maybe even your online dating… Read More

Why You Need to Change All of Your Passwords… Eventually

Why You Need to Change All of Your Passwords… Eventually

Why You Need to Change All of Your Passwords… Eventually

You know that little padlock you see in the corner of your web browser, the one that says you have a secure Internet connection? It pops up when you visit sites like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, your bank — it’s almost everywhere. Turns out the connection wasn’t as secure as that little icon would indicate…. Read More

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk?

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk?

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk?

Hackers may dominate conversations about data security, but many data breaches have more humble beginnings: A laptop is stolen at an airport; sensitive information is emailed to the wrong address; a retired employee has network access because IT wasn’t notified. These garden-variety risks can become your company’s greatest points of exposure. But employees don’t need… Read More

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

People are increasingly shifting financial activity to their mobile phones, whether it’s shopping, using budgeting apps or managing bank accounts. But the increased popularity of mobile banking hasn’t assuaged concerns about security, especially in this age of frequent data breaches. The vast majority (87%) of adults in the U.S. have cellphones, and 33% of them… Read More

Lawsuit Over LinkedIn Data Breach Heats Up

Lawsuit Over LinkedIn Data Breach Heats Up

Lawsuit Over LinkedIn Data Breach Heats Up

LinkedIn faces accusations of fraud in a class-action lawsuit stemming from a data breach its systems suffered almost two years ago. In June 2012, hackers infiltrated the professional networking site and posted passwords of 6.5 million LinkedIn members, and the plaintiff in the suit has claimed the site misrepresented its security measures. The primary plaintiff,… Read More

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine – let’s call her Mallory – got an unsettling call from her accountant. The accountant had been preparing Mallory’s taxes, hit “Send” to e-file the finished return, and it was rejected. Someone had already filed a tax return using Mallory’s Social Security number. She’d been a victim… Read More

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