Could Your Credit Card Be Safer?

Credit Cards

Could Your Credit Card Be Safer?

Could Your Credit Card Be Safer?

The aftermath of the Target data breach has continued to fuel the conversation around credit card security in the United States. A lot of people think it’s sub-par. It boils down to technology: In the U.S., you’re accustomed to swiping a card with a magnetic stripe through a card reader, but if you’re traveling in… Read More

Caught in a Data Breach? Don’t Ignore It

Identity Theft

Caught in a Data Breach? Don’t Ignore It

Caught in a Data Breach? Don’t Ignore It

I was recently among a group of professionals discussing the latest information to surface about the Adobe Systems data breach. The company announced in early October that hackers had accessed 2.9 million customer accounts, compromising user names, passwords and encrypted credit and debit card numbers. The number of accounts compromised has been revised to 38… Read More

How to Manage a Digital Life after Death

Identity Theft

How to Manage a Digital Life after Death

How to Manage a Digital Life after Death

It’s a tangled Web we leave when it comes to managing digital assets after death. Email, blogs, financial accounts, Internet properties, files and social networks live on after we’re no longer physically here — and without the passwords, family and loved ones can be shut out from important information at a difficult time. Identity thieves… Read More

Massive Adobe Breach: What You Need to Know

Identity Theft

Massive Adobe Breach: What You Need to Know

Massive Adobe Breach: What You Need to Know

Computer software company Adobe Systems announced last week that it had experienced a massive data breach, and attackers gained access to 2.9 million customer accounts. Adobe’s website says the breach is under investigation. “At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We are also… Read More

Did Consumer Reports Get It Wrong on ID Theft?

Identity Theft

Did Consumer Reports Get It Wrong on ID Theft?

Did Consumer Reports Get It Wrong on ID Theft?

We commissioned a national poll last month which found that nearly 40 percent of Americans believe “identity theft is not a serious problem.” In fact, they said they thought that it’s “a marketing tool or scare tactic for companies selling credit monitoring or ID theft protection.” When we saw these results we were aghast.  How… Read More

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

Identity Theft

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

This spring, the term “cyber war” turns 20. In his seminal 1993 paper “Cyberwar is Coming!” master military strategist John Arquilla envisioned an entirely new kind of battle. That vision was articulated again, but as reality, in President Obama’s State of the Union Address last week. The president’s call for a more serious approach to… Read More

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