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.

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

A Company That Does Government Background Checks Was Just Hacked

A Company That Does Government Background Checks Was Just Hacked

A Company That Does Government Background Checks Was Just Hacked

A large government contractor announced last week that its network was the victim of a cyberattack, but no details have been released on the extent of the breach. The company is US Investigations Services (USIS), which is the largest provider of security-clearance background checks to the federal government. Its website says USIS holds contracts with 100… Read More

Woman’s Credit Card Number Stolen for Third Time This Summer

Woman’s Credit Card Number Stolen for Third Time This Summer

Woman’s Credit Card Number Stolen for Third Time This Summer

Most people replace their credit cards every few years — after a magnetic stripe wears out or the expiration date passes. Jesse Hitchcock is on her fourth new card in less than two months. The Canadian citizen has had the misfortune of getting hacked three times this summer, CBC Prince Edward Island reports, and she said… Read More

How to Stop a Credit Card Thief in 15 Minutes

How to Stop a Credit Card Thief in 15 Minutes

How to Stop a Credit Card Thief in 15 Minutes

By now, just about everyone knows to guard the digits that are the keys to so many parts of our lives — Social Security numbers, checking account numbers and credit card numbers. But short of locking up a credit card as soon as you get it and never using it, there’s no way to be absolutely sure… Read More

Stolen Credit Cards Fueled Millionaire Lifestyle

Stolen Credit Cards Fueled Millionaire Lifestyle

Stolen Credit Cards Fueled Millionaire Lifestyle

A multimillion-dollar spending spree came to an end when Miguel Gonzalez of Miami pleaded guilty to using stolen credit card data to fund his lavish lifestyle during the past three years, the U.S. District Attorney of New Jersey announced in an Aug. 8 news release. It seems he had quite the life before getting caught…. Read More

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