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.

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

Google Improves Privacy Protection With Encrypted Gmail

Google Improves Privacy Protection With Encrypted Gmail

Google Improves Privacy Protection With Encrypted Gmail

Since news outlets have reported the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity monitoring Americans, some consumers may be uneasy about the thought of agents looking over their emails. However, many tech companies have begun to fight back with added encryption techniques. Google, for example, has begun to encrypt all of its traffic between email users, email servers… Read More

A Browser Add-On That Lets You Control Your Data

A Browser Add-On That Lets You Control Your Data

A Browser Add-On That Lets You Control Your Data

If you make a product designed to help people protect their privacy, a shout-out from Edward Snowden is marketing gold.  That’s what happened recently for the makers of Ghostery, a free Web browser plugin that shows users which companies are tracking their online habits. The tool, which lists third-party firms collecting data in a small… Read More

The Data Breach Factor So Many Companies Forget: Emotion

The Data Breach Factor So Many Companies Forget: Emotion

The Data Breach Factor So Many Companies Forget: Emotion

Smart business people know that they must secure their systems to withstand the most determined and persistent physical, as well as cyber, attacks. They must minimize their risk of exposure by deploying the most sophisticated security and anti-malware software, using outside firms to frequently penetration-test their cyber defenses, continuously training their employees to comply with… Read More

California DMV Investigating Possible Credit Card Data Breach

California DMV Investigating Possible Credit Card Data Breach

California DMV Investigating Possible Credit Card Data Breach

California is by far the most populated state (the runner-up, Texas, is about 10 million people short of California’s 38 million). As such, there are probably more drivers in California than anywhere else in the U.S. So it’s a pretty big deal that the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have suffered a credit card… Read More

Watch Out for the Newest Credit Score Scam

Watch Out for the Newest Credit Score Scam

Watch Out for the Newest Credit Score Scam

The Better Business Bureau warned consumers recently about an email scam promising free credit scores. The BBB has received more than 2,700 complaints about a company offering free credit scores for seven days, after which there is a charge, and emails have also said links in these emails lead to a phishing scam and malware…. Read More

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