Consumer Issues & ID Theft / Identity Theft

  • Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem, Premera, and CareFirst

      

    Medical records have become the hot new target of crooks looking to steal your identity. Some 1 in 4 adult Americans were impacted by the Anthem breach. But that number could be 1 in 3 now with...

  • 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...

  • Is Your Password Too Easy To Hack?

      

    Do I have a special warning for you about your passwords that is going to unsettle you. But don't worry, there's also a simple solution you can put in place too! Make your password hard...

  • Google Chrome adds virus protection

      

    A bad virus or spyware can put your cell phone or computer out of commission. Here’s what Google is doing to keep that from happening.

  • How to Prevent Medical ID Theft

      

    If your medical information is stolen it can wreak havoc on your life. But you can prevent someone from getting your private information.

  • Social media apps can pierce your privacy

      

    Marketers have started keeping tabs on your spending habits by monitoring how you use certain social apps.

  • Why credit repair companies are a ripoff

      

    Some companies claim they can help you clean up your bad credit. Why it's a ripoff and how you can avoid it.

  • 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...

  • Important: Protect against the Anthem breach

      

    The Anthem security breach affects eighty million people, and it's the most harmful one in memory. Here are the steps you need to take now to make sure your information is safe.

  • 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...

  • Small Business Owners 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 the big...

  • Don't Give Your Social Security Number at These Places

      

    When should you give your Social Security number and when should you not?My rule on giving out my Social Security number is that I don't do it, unless I know it's absolutely, positively required...

  • Chase Bank Breach Leaves 76 Million Customers Exposed

      

    Another day, another data breach! This time it was Chase Bank that got hit. While there’s no indication that financial account info has been stolen, Russian hackers reportedly made off...

  • How to protect yourself from data breaches

      

    With all the data breaches of late, "data breach fatigue" has set in. But don't get numb to it all. Here are the 3 most important things to do to protect yourself.