Protecting Your Personal Information

Our world continues to interconnect digitally. We regularly communicate, work, shop, research and store information in cyberspace. As cyber criminals and bad actors are becoming more refined in navigating through cyberspace, it is important to actively keep your information secure online.

Personally identifiable information is any information that can be used to identify a specific person. This information ranges from medical, legal, educational and financial records. Identifiable information can be stolen during a cyber breach, which can lead to identity theft.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, here are five steps you can take to protect your personal information: Continue reading

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Protecting Personal Information

A growing privacy and cybersecurity risk is that cyber criminals are actively seeking Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and payment card data. This is accomplished by either stealing PII from personal and home devices, or hacking into data stored by large organizations.

Using a computer and visiting a website are not the only way to potentially expose your information to criminals. Emerging threats, such as voice over internet (VoIP) and wireless devices and applications, have added a host of new avenues for security breaches. For example, if your phone is connected via the internet, it may not be protected by firewalls that are configured for VoIP security. Think about this when it comes to privacy: How often are you disclosing personal or financial information over the phone, such as when ordering an item, making a payment on a credit card, or accessing any organization using an account number? You can quickly see that all of these conveniences are leaving you vulnerable.
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The Cybercrime Financial Threats You May Be Overlooking

Technology has become an integral part of everyday life. However, with nearly 400,000 identity theft complaints reported to the government in 2016, it’s no secret that the benefits of technological advancements are accompanied by numerous, unforeseen threats that leave personal, financial and intellectual information vulnerable to theft. Continue reading

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Tax Time Trouble: Identity Theft and Your Tax Return

Tax Day is on the way, and many people will be scrambling to meet the April deadline. However, filing your returns in a timely fashion isn’t the only thing to worry about. Tax-related identity theft is a growing threat. Continue reading

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Can You Be Spared from Hackers?

Staying safe online and preventing hackers from stealing your identity or personal information doesn’t seem to be so easy to do these days. In recent months, organizations ranging from social media networks to Internet services companies have made headlines when … Continue reading

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Are You Practicing Safe Gaming?

In a gamer’s quest to win big, many will overlook the broader cybersecurity risks of online gaming. Many app users remain woefully unaware of how unsafe gaming can lead to real-life vulnerabilities. I’ve outlined a few tips to better protect yourself below. Continue reading

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Do You Know Who’s Trying To Be You?

We all know identity theft is a problem for adults. But did you know that according to the Federal Trade Commission, young people ages 19 to 29 are more likely to be targeted by identity thieves than any other age group? Continue reading

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Are Your Appliances Sharing Your Secrets?

As more electronics companies develop Internet connected appliances, consumers may have to worry about their refrigerator or dishwasher compromising their personal information. Continue reading

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Don’t Tie the Knot With ID Thieves

Getting married should be a happy time, but it can leave newlyweds vulnerable to identity theft, a crime that affects nearly 10 million Americans each year.
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Tax Season a Holiday for ID Thieves

Preparing tax returns, or the information to hand over to a specialist, can be stressful enough. Unfortunately, you now have to keep in mind another tax season practice – ID theft protection! Continue reading

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