It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

Identity Theft

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

The breach at Home Depot is only the most recent in a torrent of high-profile data compromises. Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to do for data breaches and cybersecurity what the nutritional label did for food? I believe we need... Read More

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

Identity Theft

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

The Star Wars Cantina of cybercriminals targeting your identity, healthcare, finances and privacy today might seem like a movie you’ve seen so many times you could lip sync the entire thing. Nevertheless, cybercrime and identity-related scams change faster than trending hashtags on Twitter, and the fact is nobody knows what’s going to happen next. Who... Read More

The eBay Hack: What You Need to Do Right Now

Identity Theft

The eBay Hack: What You Need to Do Right Now

The eBay Hack: What You Need to Do Right Now

Online shopping site eBay is asking its millions of users to reset their account passwords following a cyberattack on servers storing non-financial customer information, the company announced today. The breach did not result in unauthorized financial account activity, the company said in a statement, but all consumers with eBay accounts should immediately reset passwords as... Read More

Can Corporate America Protect Us From Hackers?

Identity Theft

Can Corporate America Protect Us From Hackers?

Can Corporate America Protect Us From Hackers?

Gregg Steinhafel’s ouster at Target this week was a major C-Suite casualty in corporate America’s war on hackers. Sales took a major nosedive after the retailer’s big breach hit the news last December, with fourth-quarter profits down 46%. So what’s a CEO to do? First of all, if it seems a little overblown to blame... Read More

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

Personal Finance

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

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