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What is Identity Theft

What Is Identity Theft? Identity theft is defined as the unlawful use of another person’s personally identifiable information, usually for financial gain. 12.7 million Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. The identity theft epidemic is growing across the globe, and popular trends like online banking and [...]

How to Avoid Identity Theft… You Can’t

While you can’t completely prevent identity theft, there are a few things you can do to help ensure the safety of your personal information. Here are a few tips to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls. Choose Better Passwords If you reuse a password and login combination across multiple sites and one [...]

Secure Online Shopping Tips for the Holiday Season

With Cyber Monday just around the corner, cyber criminals are gearing up for the holiday shopping season – and it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips to stay secure while shopping online for family and friends for the holidays.   Make purchases on secure networks When making online transactions, always opt for [...]

How to Report Identity Theft

If you’ve become a victim of identity theft, reporting it goes well beyond simply filling out a form with the Federal Trade Commission. You should report identity theft to specific companies, credit bureaus, the FTC, and the police. Here’s how to report identity theft to each group: Companies Call the Fraud department at each [...]

Signs of Identity Theft

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether or not you’ve fallen victim to identity theft. We like to think of the following as possible signs the crime has occurred.. Here are a few common indicators that you may be a victim of identity theft. Unfamiliar Bank Account Transactions When you review your bank [...]

Securing the Internet of Things

In The News: Securing the IoT – from Connected Cars to Hackable Fridges There’s no slowing for the Internet of Things (IoT), as we’ve seen more and more connected devises come to market. While the connected world brings convenience to our everyday lives, it’s important to understand the security implications in the era of the [...]

Types of Identity Theft

Identity theft is unavoidable in today’s day in age, and here are many reasons why identity thieves target your personal information. From financial gain to malicious motives, here are some of the most common forms of identity theft and steps you can take to mitigate your risk. Financial Identity Theft Financial identity theft is by [...]

Safe Social Networking Practices

Consumers are sharing more information online than ever before. DOMO created an infographic to show how much content consumers are sharing online. Every minute, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram users are sharing nearly 2.5 million pieces of content, 300,000 tweets and 220,000 photos respectively. Many times, without realizing the impact of what they are sharing. Here [...]

Best Practices for Password Security

The inherent problem with data security is human error. Far too often, consumers use weak passwords and reuse their passwords across multiple sites, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft and fraud in the event of a breach. Each year, password manager company SplashData compiles a list of the top 10 worst passwords. And it’s no [...]

Cyber Security Rules for Travel Season

Cyber Security Rules for Travel Season With summer just around the corner, most of us are looking to cash in on vacation time. And, cyber criminals are looking to cash in too – on your personal assets, that is! What most people don’t realize when thinking about planning their vacation is how [...]

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