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.
The only sure thing in the world of information security is that there is no such thing as a failsafe solution. It’s crucial not only to keep abreast of the latest threats out there, but to also act as though the mission is to find your way to safety from the middle of a lawless... Read More
If you still have the “it’ll never happen to me” perspective on fraud, here’s a stat that might persuade you to change your view: ATM card skimming incidents increased 546% from 2014 to 2015. That figure comes from financial analytics company FICO and its FICO Card Alert Service software, which is designed to detect fraud resulting from... Read More
Are you one of those people who gets annoyed every time you have dig around your pocket or purse when you want to buy something? What if all you needed was a finger? Well, you could be in luck… eventually. Japan is planning to test out a system this summer that would eliminate the need for tourists... Read More
The recent Game of Phones between the FBI and Apple underscored an area in our jurisprudence that is screaming for more clarity. If there is a tipping point when the protection of consumer privacy should yield to the needs of a criminal investigation, where is it? Few will dispute the obvious cases where the Constitutional... Read More
Every year, we see the great jokes businesses play on consumers for April Fools’ Day. While some companies make up faux products, like Starbucks did with the Plenta and Micra cups in 2010, some companies go all out on digital pranks. In 2015, Amazon revamped their site to look like the classic 1999 version and... Read More
It’s that time of year again. You’re getting ready to clean out your closet — and your wallet. But be wary of simply throwing out every stray item you come across. Certain items can lead to big problems if they fall into the wrong hands, particularly when it comes to identity theft. Here are four things... Read More
A new online payment service, which launched earlier this week, hopes to curb online shopping fraud by doing away with the need to share your credit card number just to buy something. Privacy.com is creating virtual debit cards for online transactions for anyone who signs up for the service. The free app, which Credit.com reported on last fall, is... Read More
If you’ve ever had your credit card number stolen, you may have noticed the first transaction the thief made was a small one. It’s a common tactic for testing the validity of the card, because if a little transaction gets through, the thief can probably make several bigger ones before someone notices and shuts down... Read More
Despite tales of highly sophisticated, fluid-fingered cyber ninjas working tirelessly to penetrate heretofore impenetrable, firewalled, super secure databases, many identity thieves actually have a pretty easy job getting what they need to make a killing. The number of people out there with tight personal cyber security is fairly limited — those who only go online... Read More
Most people expect their medical data to remain in just a few hands — their doctor, their pharmacist, their family, etc. — but prescription medication data can be shared with a number of companies you may not expect. Consumer Reports reminded readers last week that prescription drug data can be shared not only with your pharmacist,... Read More
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