Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Identity Theft

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

While tax season is still producing eye twitches around the nation, it’s time to face the music about tax-related identity theft. Experts project the 2014 tax year will be a bad one. The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another… Read More

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers

Identity Theft

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers

Given the frequency and scale of cyberattacks affecting U.S. companies, it’s likely your information has been or will be caught up in a data breach. And as we’ve seen in the past, companies that have experienced breaches usually offer their customers some sort of free credit monitoring or identity theft protection plan to help deal… Read More

What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

Identity Theft

What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

Millions of Americans have received free access to credit monitoring products — it’s pretty much a standard “we’re sorry” gesture from any company or organization that loses customer data after a cyberattack. While companies are handing out credit monitoring like it’s candy at a parade, consumers often don’t understand what they’re getting and that different… Read More

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Identity Theft

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

Was the Billion-Dollar Bank Heist Preventable?

A funny thing happened on the way to the ATM (and depending on who you believe, may still be happening). Scratch that. For the lucky few at the right place at the right time, an awesome thing has been happening: ATMs randomly coughing up cash—and a lot of it.  Like an international lottery, the phenomenon… Read More

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

Identity Theft

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now?

My 10-week-old son Ben has the biggest smile, is a champion sleeper and just had his identity stolen by hackers. The recent data breach at Anthem, Inc. was brutal. The company, America’s second largest health insurer, announced that approximately 80 million individuals were hacked. And the stolen personal information is invaluable — names, birthdays, Social… Read More

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Identity Theft

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

Who’s to Blame for Identity Theft? Everyone

The other day a reporter asked me who’s to blame for the growing epidemic of identity-related tax fraud. I almost replied, “the government and the bad guys,” but I caught myself before committing to that inaccuracy. “We’re all to blame,” I said. I believe that breaches, and the identity theft that flows from them, have… Read More

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