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.

The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity Theft

The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity Theft

The Socially Transmitted Disease That Has No Cure: Identity Theft

Whether you are new to college, single and dating or newly divorced (because you panicked and confessed when news of the Ashley Madison hack hit the media), I’ll bet there is at least one socially transmitted disease you haven’t started worrying about: identity theft. If you use Facebook, you’re making easy work for identity thieves…. Read More

Why Identity Thieves Love Small Business

Why Identity Thieves Love Small Business

Why Identity Thieves Love Small Business

Not long ago, a small business owner I work with found herself the target of an identity thief. He didn’t open credit lines in the name of the business, but instead stole its name and good reputation to bilk other entrepreneurs out of thousands of dollars. He was quite blatant about it, even representing himself… Read More

The Most Dangerous Identity Theft Threat

The Most Dangerous Identity Theft Threat

The Most Dangerous Identity Theft Threat

Last weekend, TheUpshot published the most dangerous identity theft threat: the non-expert’s tendency to underestimate the magnitude of problem. The piece in question argued that the consequences of most identity theft have been exaggerated (by identity theft experts like me), and that, “only a tiny number of people exposed by leaks end up paying any… Read More

How to Protect Your Identity on Instagram

How to Protect Your Identity on Instagram

How to Protect Your Identity on Instagram

Instagram is a convenient and fun site for sharing your videos and photos with friends, family and colleagues. But the service, which by default allows anyone to view your profile, can leave you open to identity thieves if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. You can protect your privacy and personally identifiable information (PII)… Read More

5 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Bank Account

5 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Bank Account

5 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Bank Account

Phishing, scamming and stolen identity problems — we have all heard about them. But how do you ensure that you don’t become a victim? Once you go through the process of choosing a savings or checking account, it’s important to keep the funds inside them — and yourself — safe. Illegal access to your financial records is one… Read More

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Talking to a Scammer

It happens all the time — you check your email inbox or your phone rings, and on the other end, someone trying to steal your money. Maybe you ignore it. Perhaps you hang up or delete the message. Then again, you might not. You may think you know someone is trying to trick you, but… Read More

Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’

Some secrets are more valuable than others. And some secrets are more valuable TO others. In perhaps the most predictable extortion hack ever, cheating website Ashley Madison has confirmed to Brian Krebs that some of its data has been stolen. It now appears that tens of millions of people are at risk of being exposed. As you’ve already… Read More

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

10 Industries That Could Profit From the Ashley Madison Hack

The hackers who broke into AshleyMadison.com, a meeting place for people seeking extra-marital affairs, recently made good on their threat, exposing their first hostage-victim, a Massachusetts man. There are 37 million more quivering masses of flesh where he came from, and the people behind the compromise have vowed to release all of their customer information… Read More

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