Blog Posts Tagged with "Identity Theft"

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Data Loss Doesn’t Always Mean Getting Hacked

February 03, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Recently UCLA announced 16,000 patients were potential victims of identity theft because a doctor’s home office was broken into and data stolen. Data breaches cost big bucks. Encryption in this scenario failed due to a password on a sticky note near the laptop...

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How Will Facebook’s IPO Impact Online Privacy?

February 02, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

The dramatic shift away from protecting confidential data is due to “the Facebook era.” While we’ve all met new friends and reconnected with family members, the reality is that thieves are out there devising innovative ways to steal our identities and confidential data...

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Shopper Trust and the Zappos Ordeal

January 23, 2012 Added by:Bill Mathews

Often merchants just sell your information outright to make revenue off the data they’ve collected. Usually this is reserved for more nefarious merchants, and sometimes it is done out of ignorance of their own policies. But make no mistake – it DOES happen...

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Social Security Numbers: The All-Purpose Identifier

December 12, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Banks, motor vehicle registries, doctors’ offices, insurance companies, and even utilities often require a Social Security number to do business. Why? Sometimes it’s because it is attached to tax or criminal records, but most often it’s because the number is attached to your credit file...

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Human Security is Weaker than IT Security

December 06, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Information technologies have evolved to a level at which the developers, programmers, and security specialists all know what they’re doing, and are able to produce products and services that work and are reasonably secure. Of course, there’s always room for improvement...

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McAfee: The Twelve Scams of Christmas

November 28, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Whether you like it or not, the Christmas machine arrived well before Thanksgiving — at least as far as stores and advertisers are concerned. And there’s no question that scammers, identity thieves, and criminal hackers have already begun setting traps for holiday shoppers...

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Game On: Twelve Tips for Safer Online Gaming

November 09, 2011 Added by:Kelly Colgan

It was only six months ago that Sony made headlines with reports of two major data breaches. Taken together, they served as a jarring reminder — or for many people, as a wake-up call — to the security risks inherent in online gaming...

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Five Information Security Issues We All Face Today

November 09, 2011 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

Technology has done a great deal for changing the way we live and do business today. While the benefits are numerous, however, there have been challenges that come with that development. Here’s a look at some of the information security issues we all face...

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Google Yourself: Ego-Surfing Can Help Protect You

November 03, 2011 Added by:Kelly Colgan

It’s clear that the information that’s readily available about a person — your so-called digital footprint — matters. Even Internet users who are careful about what they disclose online still must contend with the X factor: the information that other people post about them...

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Over 100 Arrested in Credit Card Fraud Operation

October 10, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"This is by far the largest... identity theft/credit card fraud cases that law enforcement has come across. Credit card fraud and identity theft are two of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, afflicting millions of victims and costing billions..."

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Five Ways You Endanger Your Friends Online

September 16, 2011 Added by:Kelly Colgan

Many GPS-enabled smartphones automatically add geolocation data to photos. That means anyone can find out exactly where that photo you posted was taken. Post one of your friend standing in front of her prized new painting, and it’s like letting a thief case her home from his couch...

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How is All This Hacking Affecting My Identity?

September 13, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

With so many different breeds of hackers, each with their own agenda, the media has certainly been more than willing to give them all the attention they could possibly want. Much of it has been sensationalist, but the reality is that we are indeed hemorrhaging information all over the place...

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Tips to Beat Back-to-School Identity Theft

August 26, 2011 Added by:Kelly Colgan

September—that whirlwind season of back-to-school registration, dorm move-ins, and sports sign-ups—ushers in a sleigh-full of identity theft opportunities. It’s not just invincible college freshmen who are at risk. Parents can expose kids to fraud without realizing it...

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Insider Identity Theft is Still a Problem

August 26, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Even today, the HRdirector may have a new boyfriend who happens to have a drug problem, and who needs her to steal your identity so that he can get a fix. The fundamental issue of identity theft hasn’t changed, and the people doing it are the same. Frequently, they are those on the inside...

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What Identity Theft Protection Is and Is Not

August 24, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

A true identity theft protection service monitors your identity by checking credit reports and scanning the Internet for your personal information. It looks out for your Social Security number, and if something goes wrong, has people who’ll work with you to resolve the problem...

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Identity Theft Has Long Lasting Psychological Effects

August 19, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

The lack of specifics makes it difficult for victims to attain any closure and move forward. “No matter how well they monitor their financial records for the rest of their lives, they may still feel vulnerable,” Van Vliet says...

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