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New York Saw Record High Number of Data Breaches in 2013

Cases of cyber fraud and identity theft have been steadily rising throughout the country over the last years, but New York was hit particularly hard in 2013, with a new report pointing to last year as a record high for data breaches within the Empire State. According to The New York Times, both public and […]

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Out-of-State Tax Return Notices Signal New ID Theft Trend

Tax season can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, what a pain it is to sift through papers after papers of W-2s, deductibles and other tax documents – never mind if you own property or investments, which will double your time investment (and your paper cuts!). But on the other […]

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Annual Cost of ID Theft and Data Breaches in U.S. Reaches $25 Billion

After a string of high-profile data breaches and cyber thefts this past year – ranging from the tens of millions of compromised credit cards swiped at Target to the 145 million user accounts at EBay – more and more companies are beginning to take cybercrime more seriously. Large firms are investing more into their IT […]

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Possible Data Breach Detected at Goodwill

For bargain shoppers and cluttered homeowners alike, Goodwill is something of a godsend. If you have too many clothes, furniture pieces and old toys taking up room in your house and you need to clear out some space, Goodwill will take your (tax-deductible!) donations right off your hands. All the same, if you’re in the […]

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7 Identity Theft Protection Steps for Students

Although anyone with a credit card and a Social Security Number (SSN) may be at risk for identity theft, these criminals tend to hone in on certain demographics, as some people are more susceptible than others to fraud. Seniors and the elderly make up one of the greatest at-risk groups of would-be victims, but students […]

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Adobe Updates Flash in Response to Security Flaw

To call the internet something of a double-edged sword would be an understatement. On the one hand, the ability to connect and communicate with friends, family and complete strangers from anywhere in the world at your own convenience is, to put it frankly, a really huge deal. Social media and email have forever changed our […]

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Is Outgoing Mail An Invitation for Identity Theft?

Typically, when most homeowners need to send some outgoing mail, they simply toss it into their own mailbox and throw up the red flag on the side to indicate a pick-up for the USPS driver. But could this seemingly harmless sign represent a red flag for ID theft too? That’s apparently the lesson being learned […]

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Social Security Numbers of 18,000 California Doctors Accidentally Leaked

Hardly a week goes by without some new report of a data breach here or security bug there, where hackers are able to crack into websites and databases to steal the personal information of hundreds, thousands or even millions of people. Because of the increasingly prevalent nature of data breaches, we’ve become so accustomed to […]

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Major Identity Theft Ring Uncovered in Colorado

While official reports have long pegged theft of identity as the fastest-growing crime in America – a claim corroborated by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) list of most-cited consumer complaints, number one of which is ID theft – it can, understandably, be hard to believe. After all, crimes rooted in paperwork and keystrokes on a […]

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Data Breaches Targeting More and More Small Businesses

Cybercrime and identity theft have been sharply on the rise in America over the past few years, with corporate data breaches in particular becoming an increasingly common trend. In the last year, major companies like Target, EBay and Neiman Marcus have reported instances of cyber theft that resulted in tens of thousands of stolen customer […]

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4 Identity Protection Tips for New Graduates

While summer may be known as the season of beach trips, pool parties, barbecues and vacations, it’s also popular among kids for another major reason: No school! For three months out of the year, students can say goodbye to their books, teachers, classrooms and homework to indulge in outdoor fun. For many, summer is also […]

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A Cautionary Tale: 4 of the Worst Data Breaches

Identity theft and data breaches have been steadily on the rise over the past decade, with the last few years in particular seeing more and more of these incidents. In fact, in the past 12 months alone, reports of data breaches shot up by a whopping 20 percent. While the problem is partly owed to […]

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