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.

US Postal Service Suffers Data Breach

US Postal Service Suffers Data Breach

US Postal Service Suffers Data Breach

Employee databases, full of sensitive personal information, are a treasure trove for hackers, and the U.S. Postal service on Monday became the latest employer that’s had to deliver bad news about that data to its workers. Computer criminals potentially compromised critical employee data from the USPS, the agency said, including “names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers,… Read More

The Top Problem With Identity Theft? Getting New Credit

The Top Problem With Identity Theft? Getting New Credit

The Top Problem With Identity Theft? Getting New Credit

After having your identity stolen, one of the biggest problems you’re likely to face is having trouble getting new loans or credit cards, because the thief has damaged your credit score. You’ll eventually be able to remove the fraud-related information from your credit report, and as a result, it won’t hurt your scores anymore, but… Read More

Home Depot Lost 53M Emails in Data Breach: What You Should Do

Home Depot Lost 53M Emails in Data Breach: What You Should Do

Home Depot Lost 53M Emails in Data Breach: What You Should Do

Home Depot released additional details Thursday about the massive breach of its payments systems that it previously announced in September. Perhaps the biggest news it had to share was that hackers had stolen about 53 million email addresses from files unrelated to the payments system, though no passwords, payment information or sensitive personal information was… Read More

It’s 11 p.m., Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

It’s 11 p.m., Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

It’s 11 p.m., Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it’s not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunities for them to fall into the wrong hands. Whether we’re talking about tax fraud… Read More

What Is a ‘Data Breach’ Really?

What Is a ‘Data Breach’ Really?

What Is a ‘Data Breach’ Really?

Data breaches. Vulnerabilities. These terms have entered our lexicon. But what exactly do they refer to? Recent news events show that we are in a period where the terminology we use to refer to security shortfalls is in flux. Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase clearly suffered major data breaches. So did Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox… Read More

How Often Should You Change Your Passwords?

How Often Should You Change Your Passwords?

How Often Should You Change Your Passwords?

“How often should you change your password?” Sounds like it should be a pretty easy question, right?  After all, it gets right to the heart of most security issues that people face. Turns out, it’s a really hard question to answer. And that’s a problem, because as I spend more time giving talks about computer… Read More

Could Identity Theft Stop You From Voting?

Could Identity Theft Stop You From Voting?

Could Identity Theft Stop You From Voting?

Things like voter fraud and voter identification laws are often at the forefront of Election Day controversies, and while those issues tend to be very partisan, there’s a less-politicized problem that may keep some Americans from voting: identity theft. In a survey of identity theft victims conducted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, 18% of… Read More

How 3 Women Allegedly Stole 1,000 Identities

How 3 Women Allegedly Stole 1,000 Identities

How 3 Women Allegedly Stole 1,000 Identities

Some people think of identity theft as an obscure problem that will never affect them, but perhaps this will change their minds: This year, three women allegedly obtained stolen identities and filed more than 1,000 fraudulent tax returns and received more than $4 million in federal tax refunds. The indictment of Tamaica Hoskins, Roberta Pyatt… Read More

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