Consumer Issues & ID Theft / Identity Theft

  • Google Chrome adds virus protection

      

    TRANSCRIPT: Google has gotten a lot of heat for not doing enough to protect you from the apps you might use on your phone. So Google has a new procedure where any app that goes on an android has...

  • How to Prevent Medical ID Theft

      

    TRANSCRIPT: The data breach hits just keep on keeping on. The latest involves Premera Blue Cross very heavily in the pacific northwest and Alaska, 11 million peoples records compromised going back...

  • Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem and Premera

      

    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...

  • Social media apps can pierce your privacy

      

    If you use Instagram, know that what you do is not private. Not just what you might post on Instagram, but actually where you spend, how you spend, what you buy. In the Journal Science there's...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Is Your Password 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...

  • 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.