Monthly Archive: December 2012

Getting Hacked on Amtrak: It’s a Lot More Likely to Happen on Trains That Block VPNs

An email we recently received from a PRIVATE WiFi™ subscriber highlights a serious security issue for hotspot users on many Amtrak trains. What happens when you have VPN software to protect your sensitive information, but Amtrak prevents you from using it.

The answer might make you think twice before you connect.

2013 Online Security Tips: New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Against Identity Theft

It is nearing the end of 2012 and it if you haven’t made your new year’s resolution by now, you better get started. This year was a big year for identity theft. From data breaches to new technology, identity thieves were quite active and show no signs of slowing down in 2013. So why not make your new year’s resolution about protecting yourself from identity theft?

Read on for some great examples of resolutions you can make to make sure your 2013 isn’t marred by a nasty case of identity theft.


Military Victims’ Paychecks: A Prime Target for Online Identity Theft

Army Captain Stephen Redmon spent a year serving his country in Iraq. But it wasn’t until the young artillery officer returned home that he fell victim to an unseen enemy that turned his life upside down. Capt. Redmon’s paycheck was stolen online by an identity thief.

He’s not alone. Identity theft is the Number One military complaint reported to the FTC. If you’re in the armed services, find out how you can avoid becoming the next casualty.

The 3 Riskiest Online Mistakes Travelers Make Every Holiday Season

Skim any travel website this holiday season and you’re bound to find an article or two about online security and traveling.  The articles certainly raise awareness of the precarious security situation while in airports and hotels, but they also generally fall short in a few ways.

Read more to learn three tips that supplement any on-the-road security plan to safeguard your sensitive personal information and avoid having your identity (or credit card number) stolen this month.

All Your Emails Are Being Stored by the Government (and May be Used Against You)

Recently, a man named William Binney sat down for a remarkably scary interview with RT, an online magazine.

Binney worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) for many years before resigning in 2001, stating that he didn’t want to be a part of an agency that he believed was betraying the Constitution.

In his interview with RT, Binney makes the jaw-dropping claim that nearly every email sent by a U.S. citizen is being captured and stored by the FBI in huge data warehouses.

But here’s what’s interesting about our online correspondence: even the FBI has no idea what they are collecting. Read more startling news in the article.

7 Handy Tips for Safer Online Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is here and that means tons of shopping.

We all want the best deals, which used to mean running from store to store looking a bargain. These days it is much easier to find the best price by comparing websites from the comfort of our laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Read on for seven simple ways to help lower the risks of shopping online.


Watch Out for Gift-Wrapped Cyber Attacks During the Holiday Season

Online shoppers clicked their way to record breaking sales of $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday, making it the biggest online shopping day in history. But the bad news is cybercriminals are just getting started with their holiday shopping – with your money.

If you’re shopping online for bargains, find out how to protect yourself from holiday hacking.


Thursday Twitter Chat With the ITRC! Learn Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

The Identity Theft Resource Center already spends more time on Twitter than they would like to admit, so they have decided to go ahead and make it official and begin a weekly identity theft twitter chat.

It is the hope of the ITRC that this will help people involved and interested in identity theft connect with one another. Whether those involved are organizations working on identity theft issues, victims of the crime or service providers, these conversations have shown to produce wonderful ideas. The ITRC is sure the weekly identity theft chat will do just that.

Read on to learn more details of this exciting event!


Online Identity Theft Still a Worry, Despite Study’s Claims That ‘Old-Fashioned’ Fraud Bigger Concern

With all due respect to insurance company Travelers, its latest study on identity theft isn’t entirely accurate.

The results — based on what the company calls a “comprehensive study of 2011 Travelers claim data” — shows that even in the digital era, burglary, stolen wallets, and pilfered identifications account for 73% of all cases.

Is most identity fraud really happening the “old-fashioned way” or not? Read more to separate fact from fiction.