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.

Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

Post Equifax: Will Free Credit Freezes Help?

When Equifax announced the historic data compromise that exposed the sensitive personal information of up to 143 million consumers, the company said victims would have access to credit freezes for a month free of charge. This was not exactly a solution to the fresh hell it had just announced. Frankly, it seemed like a relatively... Read More

The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

The Equifax Breach and the Cybersecurity Silver Bullet

Some time ago, the popular show Mythbusters wanted to find out if the Lone Ranger was right about silver bullets being better than lead ones. Turns out silver bullets are actually slower and less accurate. When it comes to cybersecurity, quick-fix silver bullets are also less effective than tried-and-true approaches. The most effective cybersecurity strategies... Read More

Your Equifax Download: What You Need to Know about the Equifax Hack

Your Equifax Download: What You Need to Know about the Equifax Hack

Your Equifax Download: What You Need to Know about the Equifax Hack

Everyone knows a mosquito bite doesn’t really start itching until the damage has already been done, and the same goes for many kinds of identity-related crimes. With news of the recent Equifax breach continuing to surface, what do you need to know now to limit your exposure? Equifax has estimated the hack impacts 143 million... Read More

How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the Storm

How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the Storm

How to Avoid Scams in the Wake of the Storm

You’ve seen the dramatic footage of rescues and calamities, shots of stranded families, pets, and wildlife—even giant carp—and you’ve probably had the same reaction many other Americans had the past few weeks: “How can I help?” There are myriad ways you can ease the suffering and hardship being experienced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,... Read More

12 Places Your Data May Not Be Safe (And What You Can Do)

12 Places Your Data May Not Be Safe (And What You Can Do)

12 Places Your Data May Not Be Safe (And What You Can Do)

Data compromises and the identity-related crimes that flow from them are now the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. That said, there is plenty you can do to stay as crime-proof as possible. According to Risk Based Security, more than 4.2 billion records were compromised worldwide in 2016 alone. In truth, the... Read More

The Hidden Cost of Verizon’s ‘Free’ Rewards Program: Your Data

The Hidden Cost of Verizon’s ‘Free’ Rewards Program: Your Data

The Hidden Cost of Verizon’s ‘Free’ Rewards Program: Your Data

With the announcement of Verizon Up, a new wireless rewards program that provides users with customer incentives, first-dibs opportunities on things like VIP tickets and other exclusive deals, we thought it was time to review how reward marketing plans work. First, the good news: Verizon Up is free! Like their intrusive cousin the loyalty program,... Read More

The Apps Your Partner Could Be Using to Spy on You

The Apps Your Partner Could Be Using to Spy on You

The Apps Your Partner Could Be Using to Spy on You

“These apps are brutal,” Ondrej Krehel told me during a conversation about spyware, or “spouseware” as the software is sometimes called. “It doesn’t matter what ‘intended use’ these app developers claim in their sales pitches. They are increasingly being used by teens to spy on their love interests,” Krehel said. “It’s quite prevalent.” Krehel is... Read More

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

Is Your Gym Exposing More Than Your Abs?

When Apple announced a serious hardware flaw last week, and the critical security patch that addressed it, my first thought was perhaps arbitrary: “That exploit would work at the gym.” My next thought: what else would? The discovery of a zero-day exploit affecting hardware—specifically a WiFi chip embedded in the main processors of Apple devices—was... Read More

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