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.

Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry — It’s in Your Skin

Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry — It’s in Your Skin

Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry — It’s in Your Skin

It was a moment out of science fiction. All eyes were on Kaspersky Lab researcher Povel Torudd as he sat center stage at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun, Mexico, recently, waiting to become a cyborg. Torudd volunteered to have a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip implanted in his hand by a professional body… Read More

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

When a widespread data breach happens, children are often the most at risk for identity theft. Their clean credit histories make them targets for identity thieves to steal information and open new lines of credit. After the Anthem data breach, millions of children in the U.S. had their personal information exposed, making them vulnerable to… Read More

3 Terrifying Things Cybercriminals Can Hack

3 Terrifying Things Cybercriminals Can Hack

3 Terrifying Things Cybercriminals Can Hack

With the year of the data breach behind us, the new trend in cybersecurity is the growth of the Internet of Things — the devices around you that you use in your daily life that also record data and communicate with other networks via the Internet. While cybercriminals regularly go after computers and mobile devices… Read More

A Dangerous Form of Identity Theft Is Growing Fast

A Dangerous Form of Identity Theft Is Growing Fast

A Dangerous Form of Identity Theft Is Growing Fast

An estimated 2.32 million American adults were victims of medical identity theft as of 2014, up from the 1.84 million estimated in 2013, according to the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance. That’s a nearly 22% jump in this specific kind of fraud. This month, MIFA released its fifth edition of this annual study, conducted by the… Read More

Is That PayPal Email a Fake?

Is That PayPal Email a Fake?

Is That PayPal Email a Fake?

Faked PayPal email notifications directing recipients to malicious websites aren’t new. But cybercriminals are getting a lot better at executing them. That’s what the discovery of a current phishing campaign designed to lure victims to click to a pair of very well-designed faked PayPal websites shows. The finding comes from researchers at OpenDNS, a free,… Read More

Gamers Beware: Credit Card Breach Hits Popular Platform

Gamers Beware: Credit Card Breach Hits Popular Platform

Gamers Beware: Credit Card Breach Hits Popular Platform

Big Fish, a company that creates and distributes online and mobile games, reported a data breach Feb. 11, saying it had been a victim of a malware attack that compromised some customer payment data. It’s unclear how many people may have been affected, though Big Fish said it was “a small percentage of our total… Read More

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

Bill Dedman is author of the runaway best-selling book, soon to be a movie, Empty Mansions. It tells the story of a secretive heiress named Huguette Clark, and the spending of her enormous fortune during the end of her amazing life. Dedman, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter, unravels the tale of her remarkable family, from… Read More

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash—and a lot of it.  Like an international lottery, the phenomenon… Read More

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