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.

5 Signs You Should Freeze Your Credit

5 Signs You Should Freeze Your Credit

5 Signs You Should Freeze Your Credit

Roughly 13 million consumers are victims of identity theft each year, and millions more experience data breaches, phishing attempts and other types of financial fraud. If you are among them — or are worried you may be next — you may have thought about blocking access to your credit reports completely. That’s essentially what a credit freeze does, and there… Read More

5 Things Identity Thieves Don’t Want You to Know

5 Things Identity Thieves Don’t Want You to Know

5 Things Identity Thieves Don’t Want You to Know

Identity thieves don’t want you to read this article. They’ve made an entire industry out of living off of other peoples’ good names. And when you know their typical tricks, stealing your identity is much harder. Unfortunately, not enough people know what puts their identities at risk for theft. And that has helped keep identity theft… Read More

How to Master Your Facebook Privacy Settings

How to Master Your Facebook Privacy Settings

How to Master Your Facebook Privacy Settings

If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you? Fortunately, you can control who can find and contact you and see your posts on Facebook. That’s why it’s… Read More

When It Comes to Protecting Your Data, Some States Just Don’t Get It

When It Comes to Protecting Your Data, Some States Just Don’t Get It

When It Comes to Protecting Your Data, Some States Just Don’t Get It

When it comes to privacy, not all states are alike. This was confirmed yet again last week in the 50 State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices we compiled. The compendium ranks the amount of personal data state treasuries expose during the process by which individuals can claim and collect unclaimed funds. The data exposed can… Read More

PayPal Tells Feds Users Can Now Opt Out of Robo-Texting

PayPal Tells Feds Users Can Now Opt Out of Robo-Texting

PayPal Tells Feds Users Can Now Opt Out of Robo-Texting

PayPal has backed down on its robocalling and robo-texting policy. The online money company sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Monday saying it will change its terms of service to clarify when it will use automated calls or texts, and offer an easy way for users to opt out of them. The change comes… Read More

The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices

The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices

The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices

You may already know that every state has an unclaimed funds website that aims to reunite unclaimed property with the rightful owners. However, in the endeavor to provide consumers with as much information as possible, that information is also often easily viewable by potential identity thieves. The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices ranks every… Read More

Is Your State Helping Scammers Rip You Off?

Is Your State Helping Scammers Rip You Off?

Is Your State Helping Scammers Rip You Off?

As cybercriminals become more skilled, the privacy practices at many organizations have not kept apace. In the State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices that I’ve compiled, I found this to be the case at many state treasuries where the data exposed provides fraudsters with a crime exacta: claiming money that no one will ever miss… Read More

Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

Consumers routinely share their online banking passwords with third-party apps that help with everything from budgeting to tax preparation. Apparently banks would like this to stop. JPMorgan Chase posted this notice on its website in April: “If you give out your chase.com User ID and Password, you are putting your money at risk,” says a… Read More

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