Posts Tagged ‘identity theft’


Data Theft Crosses All Borders

The Digital Age has all but erased many of the world’s conventional borders. While that’s undeniably useful for commerce and communication, it’s also made cybercrime a household word, as thousands of American Express cardholders in California found out this spring. Back in March 2014, the American Express Company revealed that data hackers had stolen the […]

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America’s Getting Younger – And Making Changes

Move over, baby boomers. The younger generation is taking over – at least in terms of population. The latest US Census Bureau stats reveal that the much-analyzed baby boomers, those people born between 1947 and 1960 or so, are no longer the country’s biggest demographic. They’ve been replaced by a much younger cohort of people […]

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What’s In Your (Dark) Wallet?

The Bitcoin is making more and more strides toward worldwide acceptance—and that’s fueling increased efforts to regulate use of the new digital currency. But Bitcoin supporters who embrace the freedom and anonymity of the Bitcoin and other monies like it are fighting back as only they can –with new technology. The newest weapon in their […]

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Tax ID Theft: Tis the Season

It’s nearly tax day, and whether you’ve filed long ago and are awaiting a refund or scrambling to make the midnight April 15 deadline, you might find that your refund never appears – or that your bank accounts are suddenly empty. Tax ID theft is up 66 percent from 2010, and fraud officials expect it […]

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Social Security Numbers Define Our Identities

If you don’t have a Social Security number, do you really exist? About 480 million Social Security cards have been issued since the system began in 1936 – and by now, the numbers on that card define our identity for everything from hospital admissions to getting a new car loan. It’s the closest thing in […]

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Services Profit From Identity Theft Anxiety

Is the digital age becoming the age of anxiety? As security breaches and word of new identity theft scams hit the headlines on a seemingly regular basis, anyone who uses computers and mobile devices could be at risk for account hacking and identity theft. That kind of data theft costs billions a year – and […]

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Identify Theft Insurance: Promises, Promises?

Is your identity safe? High profile incidents like the recent data hack that stole the information of Target shoppers at Thanksgiving 2013 and revelations about domestic surveillance have kicked consumer anxiety about cybersecurity into high gear. And where fear exists, opportunists aren’t far behind. Case in point: the new – and profitable – business of […]

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Mobile Banking Apps May Put Data at Risk

Need to make a trade at three AM? Or shift money between accounts while you’re waiting in the airport? There’s an app for that. But although money management apps from online stores and financial institutions make 24/7 banking easy, a new study by cybersecuirty expert Ariel Sanchez finds that at least 90 percent of those […]

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Can New TechnologyThwart Snooping?

As information continues to hit the news about the scope of the National Security Agency’s domestic data collection efforts, new industries are springing up to fill a niche that’s suddenly booming: technology that blocks snooping and protects users from threats abroad – or, as many see it, their own government. It’s a fertile field for […]

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Magnetic Strips Put US Cardholders At Risk

As the fallout continues from the massive data breach affecting millions of Target customers nationwide, consumer advocates and cybersecurity experts point out that the Black Friday incident is only part of a larger problem: outdated card security features that make US-issued credit cards especially attractive to hackers around the world. Details about Target’s data theft […]

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Target’s Account Hack highlights Weak Card Security Systems

Even if you aren’t one of the 40 million debit and credit card holders burned by the recent hack into the databanks of giant retailer Target, you may still be at risk for having your account information hijacked, thanks to weaknesses in the way credit card data is captured at the point of sale. Target’s […]

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Virtual Banks Promise Full Service, But Are They Safe?

how to get your ex back p>Internet business is booming – and more and more companies and services are abandoning traditional “brick nod mortar” physical locations altogether in favor of a lower cost, online-only model. The latest newcomer to cyber commerce is online-only banking, as new, virtual banks promise the same kind of services and […]

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Cyber Crime and You: Avoiding Identity Theft

One of the most disturbing trends related to internet crime is the fact that so few people are disturbed by it; a recent survey revealed that most respondents wrote off cyber crimes such as common scams and “phishing,” or collecting personal information using misleading emails, as just part of the cost of doing business online. […]

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