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.

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

Going out to eat can have a significant impact on your finances, not only because it can suck the life out of your budget, but also because restaurants are popular data-breach targets. Patrons may have their payment information compromised in a couple of ways: There’s the smash-and-grab style of hackers, who infiltrate point-of-sale systems and… Read More

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

How Your Celebrity Obsession Could Get You Scammed

We all have our areas of interest — make that obsession — and when something related to them crops up online, we can be instantly transformed into monster click-machines. The problem here: Many of those clicks can either lead to your victimization or becoming an unwitting co-conspirator in cybercrime. To make matters worse, once your… Read More

The UPS Hack: What You Need to Know

The UPS Hack: What You Need to Know

The UPS Hack: What You Need to Know

The UPS Store announced Wednesday that 51 of its locations experienced a security breach that may have compromised customers’ personal information, including credit and debit card data. There are 4,470 UPS franchised locations throughout the U.S., so the breach affected roughly 1% of stores. A list of the stores (the 51 locations are in 24 states)… Read More

The Scary Way a Friend Request Can Lead to Identity Theft

The Scary Way a Friend Request Can Lead to Identity Theft

The Scary Way a Friend Request Can Lead to Identity Theft

As millions of users log into Facebook every day and send requests to join others’ social media networks, there are some friends that will quickly turn out to be enemies. A growing trend among cybercriminals is called farcing – or when strangers send friend requests on social media to steal information for fraud or identity theft. Cybercriminals… Read More

Can Fitness Trackers Threaten Your Privacy?

Can Fitness Trackers Threaten Your Privacy?

Can Fitness Trackers Threaten Your Privacy?

As more Americans become conscious about their health and strive to achieve fitness goals, they may choose to buy wearable activity monitors that collect information about their heart rate, steps taken and more. While many consumers consider these devices to be handy for tracking their achievements, others are concerned about lack of privacy protection. Since activity… Read More

Hospitals Say Hackers Stole Records of 4.5 Million Patients

Hospitals Say Hackers Stole Records of 4.5 Million Patients

Hospitals Say Hackers Stole Records of 4.5 Million Patients

One of the nation’s largest hospital operators said Monday that hackers from China stole personal information belonging to 4.5 million patients. While the data was pilfered between April and June of this year from Community Health System Inc., anyone who was a patient at an affiliated hospital during the past five years might be a… Read More

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Identity theft can wreak havoc on a person’s life – impacting their finances, health and good standing in the community. This growing crime poses an even greater threat for military personnel who require security clearance to do their jobs. Security clearance gives military personnel, as well as civilians working for the government or contractors, access to classified… Read More

How Changing Your Facebook Profile Could Get You Hacked

How Changing Your Facebook Profile Could Get You Hacked

How Changing Your Facebook Profile Could Get You Hacked

If you see an app saying it can change your Facebook color scheme, don’t get excited: It’s an old scam that resurfaced on people’s timelines recently, according to a post from security blog Cheetah Mobile. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re stuck with blue. Here’s how the hacking operation works: An app called Facebook… Read More

Even Hackers Worry About Getting Hacked

Even Hackers Worry About Getting Hacked

Even Hackers Worry About Getting Hacked

Hackers have some of the best security knowledge out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re attack-proof: 88% of self-identified hackers surveyed at a recent security conference said they think their personally identifiable information is at risk of being compromised online. At the same time, the vast majority of those surveyed said they believe they’ll never… Read More

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

How Your Name Could Get You Scammed

Your personally identifiable information (PII) is all around you, and much of it is impossible to protect. While your driver’s license and Social Security numbers are a significant part of the equation, you can take certain protective measures to keep those from prying eyes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to more visible… Read More

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