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.
Consumers and online retailers beware. ’Tis the season for a spike in malicious advertisements, or malvertisements. Cyber criminals have made a fine art out of imperceptibly slipping malicious ads onto popular shopping websites. And they gear up to swarm the Internet with malvertisements during the upcoming holiday shopping season. Most website publishers generally are not... Read More
If you have an account on Facebook, you may have noticed posts featuring a nicely designed cloud comprised of the words that your Facebook friends use most often. It’s powered by an app from a company called Vonvon, and it’s been getting a lot of attention this week from consumer privacy experts. The reason this... Read More
Measuring and managing your health is more do-it-yourself than ever, but health privacy law hasn’t caught up to the technology. That’s the subject of an investigative series from ProPublica, and the newest installment looks at everyday medical and fitness tools that aren’t legally bound to keep your information private. The story recounts the experience of... Read More
Credit card fraud has been a persistent problem in recent years, particularly in the U.S. where the transition to EMV chip-enabled credit cards has only just begun. To try to address this issue (and stem their losses) many financial institutions, startups and bank partners have been experimenting with new ways to protect payments. One security measure gaining... Read More
In 2015, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be purchased, an increase of 60% over the previous year. There will be 10 billion IoT devices connected to the Internet this year. A couple of years ago, a survey found that three out of four Americans had no clue... Read More
EMV chip credit cards made their widespread debut this year, but that doesn’t mean your credit cards and debit cards are impervious to fraud. In fact, the chips are only truly effective if you use them for in-store transactions. Their security code changes every time you dip one, so thieves using skimming devices at registers can’t get all... Read More
All the high-profile data breaches of late may have caused many consumers to become familiar with ways of protecting themselves from and in the case of identity theft. Credit monitoring and credit freezes are commonly known ways to spot and mitigate the effects of serious fraud, but you may also be able to find some help in a less... Read More
Family and finances can be a tricky mix. We often hear stories, for instance, about parents co-signing for a credit card so their child can build credit only to have the offspring’s reckless charging lead to a bill neither party can afford to pay. Addressing this type of issue is delicate enough, but what happens when traditional family roles are reversed and... Read More
Somewhere between 10 million and 16 million Americans get “got” by fraudsters working the seams of identity-related crime every year. The methods are many and various. There are, of course, the familiar scams and frauds, but one harder to detect area of exploitation is child identity theft. So why are children a target for identity... Read More
People either perhaps feel like payment security has improved or just don’t care about having their data stolen, because the share of Americans who said they frequently worry about credit card data theft has gone down since last year. In an annual survey about crime, Gallup asked U.S. adults about whether they’ve encountered or if... Read More
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