Tagged: identity theft

Yes, Cybercrime is Actually a BFD

Recently, two Microsoft researchers published a white paper that called into question cybercrime statistics.

In particular, the white paper suggested that the amount of money stolen each year is wildly overinflated by security companies and security consultants by relying on small sample sizes. The researchers stated that security companies do this to exaggerate the problem and drum up business.


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How Online Banking Raises Your Risk of Identity Theft

Are you hooked on the convenience of online banking? Do you think Zeus is the Greek king of the gods and Oddjob and SpyEye are the bad guys in James Bond movies?  In reality, they’re the names of cutting-edge malware used by organized cybercrime rings to take over your online bank account and steal identity and your cash.  Find out how your risk of identity theft rises every time you bank online.


Trading on Disaster: How Online Trading Can Lead to Identity Theft

Cybercriminals are stealing user names and passwords so they can access online trading accounts directly. Then they’re using that information to make unauthorized trades, wiring the profits to other banks before their victims notice.  Do you know the tell-tale signs of online trading fraud?  Find out how you can avoid becoming the next identity theft victim when you trade online.


Unsecure Home Wifi Connections Make Surviving War Driving Dicey

Do you think leaving your home Wifi connection wide open is no big deal?  If you do, you could be playing right into the hands of war drivers out to steal your personal information and your identity, according law enforcement officials from Atlanta to Queensland, Australia. Find out how you can lock the door to your Wifi connection and stop war drivers in their tracks.


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Protecting the Identities of the Deceased

When a loved one passes away, the last thing we want to think about is if there will be credit cards opened in the future using their information.  That being said, here  are a few ways to protect the identities of our deceased loved ones….

Fast, Free and Out of Control: Why Wifi Users Disconnect from Wireless Security Risks at Hotspots

Do you ever wonder why so many Americans are becoming victims of identity fraud? According to the 2012 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, one of the chief reasons is our irresponsible mobile behavior. Find out why Wifi hotspot users continue to ignore the risks to their wireless security – and what you can do to avoid getting burned.


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How Scam Artists Use Dating Sites

Last month three of the main online dating sites developed a new tool to help site users from becoming the victim of such scams. Match.com, eHarmony.com and Spark Networks recently announced that they will begin screening for online predators.  While many have focused on the fact that this will include screening for sexual predators, we would like to focus on another type of predator they will be working to root out; scam artists.

Stopping Identity Theft When You Trade Online

If you’re one of the millions of investors who plays the stock market, you’re probably hooked on the incredible convenience and the lightning speed of online trading. Unfortunately, so is another group. Two federal agencies and a private watchdog group recently warned investors that hacker-traders are hijacking consumer brokerage accounts and exploiting them for financial gain.  Find out what you can do to protect yourself against identity theft when you trade online.


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There’s an App for Everything…Even Identity Theft

While most of us never thought we would be able to order a pizza from a phone while driving down the freeway, this is now the reality.  These apps can be incredibly helpful, but users must remain cautious and alert in order to protect themselves.  The steps outlined in this post should help do just that.


What Seniors Need to Know About Online Identity Theft

Thanks to advances in healthcare, seniors can look forward to living longer and more productive lives than ever before.  But increasingly, something they haven’t bargained for may also be in their future – the prospect of becoming a victim of online identity theft and online fraud.  If you’re a senior, find out how to protect yourself from the silent crime that could mar your golden years.