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Taking Control of Your Kid’s Smartphone: The Dangerous Apps They Hide from You

News recently broke out of a sexting scandal involving hundreds of teens at a Colorado high school in which illicit photos of children were circulated. Parents and administrators were shocked at the magnitude of students implicated and have been left scratching their heads as to how this could have possibly happened without anyone noticing. The […]


Possible Breach at Online Retail Giant Amazon

A number of Amazon customers are reporting that they received an email from online retail giant Amazon saying that their account password has been reset, according to ZDNet. Although it is unknown how many accounts were actually affected, the message centers on and have confirmed that the message is genuine. In the email, […]


All Signs Point to Online Privacy as the Next Frontier

Online privacy just keeps coming up again and again. Last week we talked about Snapchat’s change in privacy policy that would allow them greater control over our media and give you less privacy. For months we’ve kept you in the loop as news of several high-profile data breaches affecting millions came to light. Issues about […]


How Safe Are Mobile Wallet Services?

In the interest of convenience and creating multi-purpose devices, major mobile phone companies have begun offering payment or wallet-like services to their customers. Applications like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay and Samsung Pay have flooded the market in the past couple of years and given consumers the technology to make credit and debit card […]


The Danger Of “Do Not Reply” Email Addresses

If you’re interested in more protection from identity theft, beware of e-mail address that come from “do not reply” or automated domains. While they could be perfectly harmless, it’s best to follow their directions and do not reply because you don’t know who has access to it. Chipotle, which may make more secure burritos than […]


New “Scam Tracker” Can Help Crack Down On Online Fraud

In an effort to prevent the spread of online scams and improve protect your identity for consumers, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has launched a free online resource that allows its users to both track and report malicious activity and fraud on the Internet. The “Scam Tracker” is now being used by all 12 bureaus […]


Smallest Purchases Can Lead to ID Theft

A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that an increasing number of consumers receive information about potential data breaches from their financial institutions or debt collectors. Forty-five percent of identity theft victims said they learned about the incident from their financial institution, while only 18 percent noticed the fraudulent charges on their own. […]


5 Ways To Stay Safe From Online Job Scams

The Internet can be a great resource for job hunting and helps a lot of people find employment, but just as with any other part of the Internet, cons are rampant and certain precautions are needed to protect your identity. Job scams seem to all be the same, usually involving a fake check and convincing […]


IRS Helps ID Theft Victims Track Fraudulent Filings

Even early-birds who make a habit of filing their tax returns long before the deadline likely won’t start thinking about it for a few months. However, they may want to pay attention to this: the Internal Revenue Service has recently taken steps to help all tax filers recover more easily if they become victims of […]


Why Medical Identity Theft Is On The Rise

Health insurance plans are indispensable. They allow us to get the care we need for less. However, in the data breach era we now live in, they also make us incredibly vulnerable to ID theft. Earlier in 2015, nearly 92 million records were exposed when three Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans became the victims […]


Many ID Theft Scams Target Military Personnel

Members of the military, particularly active duty personnel who are stationed overseas, have plenty to think about while serving. This means that they may not be paying as much attention to aspects of their home life, such as their credit. Unfortunately, such an oversight puts them at a higher risk of identity theft. In 2013, […]


“Functionality Creep” Explains Why Your SSN Is Everywhere

You’ve had your Social Security card your whole life. You’ve used it every time you’ve gotten on the payroll at a new job, among other common and mundane tasks that require verification of your identity. On the hierarchy of valuable information for identity thieves, Social Security information ranks high because so much of your personal […]

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