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.

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn’t Enough

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn’t Enough

Heartbleed: Why Changing Your Passwords Isn’t Enough

The Heartbleed bug has sent a shockwave through the Internet, as millions of users try to take stock of all of the accounts they’ve ever created and figure out how to change their passwords. Too bad their passwords are just the beginning of the problem. Given the reach of Heartbleed and how long the bug… Read More

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

If you’re like most people, the news of the Heartbleed bug and how broadly its security flaw spread is worrisome enough. But the list of sites where you absolutely have to change your passwords looks daunting for anyone. You probably have to change passwords on your email, your Facebook, and maybe even your online dating… Read More

Why You Need to Change All of Your Passwords… Eventually

Why You Need to Change All of Your Passwords… Eventually

Why You Need to Change All of Your Passwords… Eventually

You know that little padlock you see in the corner of your web browser, the one that says you have a secure Internet connection? It pops up when you visit sites like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, your bank — it’s almost everywhere. Turns out the connection wasn’t as secure as that little icon would indicate…. Read More

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk?

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk?

Are Your Employees Putting Your Company at Risk?

Hackers may dominate conversations about data security, but many data breaches have more humble beginnings: A laptop is stolen at an airport; sensitive information is emailed to the wrong address; a retired employee has network access because IT wasn’t notified. These garden-variety risks can become your company’s greatest points of exposure. But employees don’t need… Read More

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

People are increasingly shifting financial activity to their mobile phones, whether it’s shopping, using budgeting apps or managing bank accounts. But the increased popularity of mobile banking hasn’t assuaged concerns about security, especially in this age of frequent data breaches. The vast majority (87%) of adults in the U.S. have cellphones, and 33% of them… Read More

Lawsuit Over LinkedIn Data Breach Heats Up

Lawsuit Over LinkedIn Data Breach Heats Up

Lawsuit Over LinkedIn Data Breach Heats Up

LinkedIn faces accusations of fraud in a class-action lawsuit stemming from a data breach its systems suffered almost two years ago. In June 2012, hackers infiltrated the professional networking site and posted passwords of 6.5 million LinkedIn members, and the plaintiff in the suit has claimed the site misrepresented its security measures. The primary plaintiff,… Read More

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine – let’s call her Mallory – got an unsettling call from her accountant. The accountant had been preparing Mallory’s taxes, hit “Send” to e-file the finished return, and it was rejected. Someone had already filed a tax return using Mallory’s Social Security number. She’d been a victim… Read More

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Most people don’t enjoy tax season. Any of the thousands of Americans who experience tax-related identity theft find this time of year particularly frustrating. And then there’s Kenyatta Solomon, an Atlanta woman whose identity has reportedly been stolen to file fraudulent tax returns two years in a row. “It’s very frustrating, especially when they say they… Read More

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Many companies are taking advantage of cyber insurance to ease the blow of security breaches by hackers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ever since Target was hacked, sales of these insurance policies have picked up. Schools are among the entities that have taken cyber insurance seriously, but every company with confidential data such as payroll information might… Read More

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