Consumer Issues & ID Theft / Computer Scams & ID Theft

  • 3 ways to protect yourself after the IRS tax records breach

      

    The IRS tax records breach is now larger than initially thought: Instead of some 100,000 households having their prior-year tax returns stolen out of IRS databases by a sophisticated criminal...

  • Free Windows 10 upgrade e-mail is a scam

      

    A new bout of ransomware is rolling out just in time to trick people surrounding the Microsoft rollout of Windows 10, according to Cisco. But if you fall for this scam, your computer will be held...

  • Easy way to know if your account has been compromised

      

    With all the endless news of data breaches these days, it's easy to wonder, "Has my e-mail address been stolen?" Now there's an easy way to find out! HaveIBeenPwned.com is a...

  • "Card Popping" Targets Military Personnel

      

    By Natasha Chen of KIRO-TV LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A new wave of ‘card popping’ or ‘card cracking’ targets military personnel who may bank with USAA or other military...

  • Are Password Clearinghouse Websites Safe?

      

    Recently on the show, I talked about the problems with crooks tapping into financial websites and stealing your money. Most of us use simple, easy to crack passwords that don't help the...

  • Starbucks app user? How to protect your account

      

    Buying a cup of coffee with the Starbucks app could drain your wallet if you don’t do this.

  • Small Businesses Should Consider Breach Insurance

      

    If you have a small business, there's a new insurance policy I recommend to protect you in the event of a data breach. Why small businesses need breach insurance We hear so much about...

  • Is Your Lenovo Laptop Infected With Superfish?

      

    Have a Lenovo laptop that you think is infected with the so-called "Superfish" software? Follow these steps to get rid of it. Is my Lenovo laptop infected? Here's the deal:...

  • Why You Need To Turn Paper Statements Back On

      

    Another day, another report about major security breaches! I read recently about a ring of hackers figured out how to break into the big banks' back office system in the fall of 2013. To...

  • Why credit repair companies are a ripoff

      

    Some companies claim they can help you clean up your bad credit. Here's why it's a ripoff and how you can avoid it. Related: 8 ways to rebound from a credit setback & raise...

  • Visa, MasterCard Seek New Methods of Authentication

      

    The future of credit card anti-fraud technology is here...and it looks a lot like something out of Minority Report! Credit card cartels reaching for new authentication methods Over the next few...

  • Ransomware: Holding Your Computer Hostage for Money

      

    The worst ransomware to date is freezing up computers until consumers pay scammers hundreds of dollars to supposedly implement a fix. Beware of this ransomware virus Crypto-Locker is apparently...

  • Sample Letter To Request a Credit Freeze

      

    This form can be used to request a credit freeze with any or all of the credit bureaus. To be safe, send your letters certified mail -- return receipt requested. Keep a copy of your letter and...

  • Protect your iPhone against this new virus

      

    For the first time ever there is a significant virus that is stealing data from iPhones. Here’s how it works, and how to keep your phone from getting infected.

  • Protect against retail data breach this holiday

      

    Despite all the retail computer breaches, a survey shows that isn't going to stop holiday shoppers this year. How to protect your information from getting stolen this holiday season.