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.
An old Chinese proverb says: “There is only one beautiful child in the world, and every mother has it.” But there are times when people test that mother-child connection, turning their “matron” saints into judge, jury and even warden. Increasingly, various stripes of online scoundrel can act as a catalyst for the above trial. As... Read More
Ever wish you could keep your credit or debit card numbers (and the exact purchases you make with them) private while shopping online? It all seems kind of counter-intuitive. After all, how can you pay for something online without providing your payment information? Well, a new fin-tech startup may have figured out a way. Privacy.com is... Read More
There’s no question that data breaches are on the rise. Since the Identity Theft Resource Center first began tracking data breaches in 2005, more than 5,500 breaches have exposed more than 800 million consumer records to identity thieves and hackers. Fortunately, consumers aren’t taking action. In a recent survey, the ITRC tracked consumer behavior to... Read More
Given how often data breaches happen, it’s likely your personal information will be exposed, sold or abused, if it hasn’t yet been already. Identity theft takes many forms and can be difficult to prevent, but a new report suggests consumers should freeze their credit files as the “best protection against someone opening new credit accounts... Read More
In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Walking Dead,” it’s a foregone conclusion that zombies happen, and they aren’t picky. One real-world parallel of finding yourself surrounded by hungry zombies is the plague of identity theft. With more than 1 billion records “out there,” it’s just a matter of time before you get got. When it... Read More
Researchers are coming to new conclusions as they dig into the question of what makes some people and not others fall victim to fraud and online scams. Victims often hate to admit they’ve been conned, so research is difficult. Even so, experts estimate that $40 billion to $50 billion a year is lost to consumer fraud, says a study by the Financial Fraud... Read More
Increasingly, in the aftermath of a big news data security item — whether it takes the form of a high-profile mega breach (think: Office of Personnel Management, Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target) or a low-tech data grab — an odd phenomenon happens. First, there is what you might call the “water cooler” phase —... Read More
According to an article in Tech Times, healthcare providers in the U.S. may lose $305 billion in the next five years due to cyberattacks. One way those attacks keep happening: BYOD, or bring your device to work. One definition of insanity, according to Einstein (and my chief content officer Michael Schreiber), is to do the... Read More
Have you fallen victim to a scam recently? Were you perhaps offered a bogus free federal grant or sold a Fake iPad in your grocery store parking lot? There’s now an easy way to alert people in your area of the potential threat. The Better Business Bureau has launched a new site that allows consumers and businesses to... Read More
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