How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

Identity Theft

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

If you’re like most people, the news of the Heartbleed bug and how broadly its security flaw spread is worrisome enough. But the list of sites where you absolutely have to change your passwords looks daunting for anyone. You probably have to change passwords on your email, your Facebook, and maybe even your online dating… Read More

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

Identity Theft

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

1 in 3 Mobile Phone Users Bank, Despite Security Concerns

People are increasingly shifting financial activity to their mobile phones, whether it’s shopping, using budgeting apps or managing bank accounts. But the increased popularity of mobile banking hasn’t assuaged concerns about security, especially in this age of frequent data breaches. The vast majority (87%) of adults in the U.S. have cellphones, and 33% of them… Read More

Credit.com in the News 2.21.14

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Credit.com in the News 2.21.14

Credit.com in the News 2.21.14

Whether it’s dealing with data breaches, budgets or credit card terms, it’s often up to the consumer to know their rights and act to protect themselves. Here’s what experts Adam Levin, chairman and co-founder of Credit.com, and Gerri Detweiler, Credit.com’s director of consumer education, had to say on those topics this week: [View the story… Read More

Can You Do Anything to Prevent Identity Theft?

Identity Theft

Can You Do Anything to Prevent Identity Theft?

Can You Do Anything to Prevent Identity Theft?

The question is as old as the first case of credit card fraud. “What can I do to protect myself?” I’ve been hearing that question a lot lately, as tales of leaked credit card data and other personal information mount. Target, Neiman Marcus…you know the list now. These high-profile hacks shined a light on a… Read More

13.1 Million Americans Hit By Identity Theft in 2013

Identity Theft

13.1 Million Americans Hit By Identity Theft in 2013

13.1 Million Americans Hit By Identity Theft in 2013

Identity theft is on the rise again, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. The firm, which does an annual survey of identity theft victims, estimates that 13.1 million U.S. adults were hit by ID theft in 2013, an increase of 500,000 victims from 2012. It’s the second-highest annual total in the 11-year history of Javelin’s… Read More

Another Massive Data Breach Strikes Hotel Chains

Identity Theft

Another Massive Data Breach Strikes Hotel Chains

Another Massive Data Breach Strikes Hotel Chains

How many major data breaches have you heard about in the past two months — five, maybe? Add another one to the list: White Lodging — an Indiana-based company that owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott, Westin and Sheraton hotels across the country — experienced a data breach that compromised thousands of guests’ credit and… Read More

In the New Economy, You Are the Product

Identity Theft

In the New Economy, You Are the Product

In the New Economy, You Are the Product

How much would you pay to secure your personal information from data farmers and marketers – and anyone that might be able to hack their servers? $100? $1,000? More? What if I told you that you gave it to them for $5 off your next $100 purchase? Because every time you gave your ZIP code… Read More

Are Businesses Able to Protect Your Information?

Identity Theft

Are Businesses Able to Protect Your Information?

Are Businesses Able to Protect Your Information?

Many companies are now looking to big data to increase their business, but this may also leave them just as vulnerable to data breaches as they were before, raising the question of how well they can protect your information. Today, just 35 percent of companies believe they have the ability to detect a data breach… Read More

Data Breach Cost Rises to $136 Per Exposed Record

Identity Theft

Data Breach Cost Rises to $136 Per Exposed Record

Data Breach Cost Rises to $136 Per Exposed Record

The number of data breaches has grown steadily over recent years, and for companies getting hit by them, the costs associated with dealing with the fallout are rising too. The average cost of dealing with a data breach in the U.S. alone may have dropped slightly to $5.4 million last year, but the the number… Read More

Data Breach Cases Surged in 2012

Identity Theft

Data Breach Cases Surged in 2012

Data Breach Cases Surged in 2012

Incidents that exposed millions of people to potential identity theft and other problems as a result of lost data have been on the rise for years, and that trend continued throughout last year. There were a total of 1,478 major data breaches suffered worldwide last year, and that number was up 35 percent from the… Read More

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