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Cash or credit used to be the biggest question in the checkout line. Now? Swipe or insert. Chip cards — those using EMV technology — arrived in the U.S. a year ago this month, and despite cries from consumers, studies show the cards
We explore how a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton presidency could impact online security, potential dangers to your identity and access to federal information.
Name, address, date of birthdate, Social Security number. How many times have you filled out those fields on a form, not giving a second guess as to whether you should provide the information?
Tips abound on protecting digital information, but what about good ol’ fashioned paper documents? A stack of old bills, statements and unopened junk mail can be a treasure trove for an enterprising dumpster diver. Read on for ways to protect yourself.
There are a handful of documents that follow us through life. They’re vital when we need them, tucked away when we don’t and, if they go missing, scary to lose.
Financial fraud comes dressed up lots of different ways, but those schemes (think Ponzi and pyramid), fraud and scams all have one purpose: getting your hard-earned money.
Your phone, laptop and tablet are worth more than you might realize. Personal electronics are an easy mark for thieves. They’re valuable, small, (thus easy to conceal) and easy to sell.
These days, it feels like no one is safe from hackers, fraudsters and identity thieves, including the U.S. government.
We’ve all done it: shared something we probably shouldn’t have via text, email, instant message or otherwise. You might not think twice about sharing your Netflix login info or an employment form with someone at work.
Give most children a cell phone or tablet, and it won’t take long to realize he or she is as adept (or, likely, more so) than an adult.
It’s all too common: a company, accidentally or not, exposes your personal information. Cue the stress of canceling accounts, changing passwords, monitoring your credit
Moving can be a headache. For thieves, though, it’s a target. Strangers are in and out of your home for days and your worldly possession — including personal documents and electronics — are left unprotected, leaving you vulnerable.
Take a look at your Facebook profile. There’s a good chance it contains your full name, birth date and hometown.
You’ve likely added a chip-enabled credit card or two to your wallet in the past few months. Many industry experts say EMV cards are safer, but that doesn’t mean Americans are immune to fraud.
Those wary of password-management sites got another reason to question their security after hackers compromised industry leader LastPass.
A spotlight once again fell on the U.S. government’s security technology this summer after hackers and improper data transfers exposed millions of federal employees and contractors.
Attacks targeting healthcare-industry data have exposed the information of millions of Americans this year. More than 12 million were added to the tally when hackers accessed Premera BlueCross BlueShield and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield databases.
In one of the largest medical-data thefts in U.S. history, hackers stole personal information of as many as 80 million members and employees of health insurer Anthem Inc. in February of 2015.
Think taxes and you may imagine a totally secure system. Think again. Thieves steal personal information from millions of taxpayers each year, draining billions of federal dollars.
With deliveries to more than 100 million addresses to monitor and 200 federal laws to enforce, Postal Inspectors have a big job. Mail theft could be just an inconvenience or put your credit and your identity at risk. Read on for ways to protect yourself.
Social Security fraud comes in many forms and can be difficult to spot. Whether it’s an untruthful statement on a federal form or a scam over 27 years that netted an estimated $400 million
You know your credit score is important. You probably even know what yours is. But do you know what it means?
Senior citizens lose billions of dollars each year to schemes designed to prey on their weak points. Arm yourself and your loved ones with the knowledge to stop would-be thieves in their tracks.
The bad news: millions of internet users rely on the weakest possible passwords to protect their online lives. The good news: you don’t have to be one of them.
Nothing can ruin a good day like reaching for your wallet or purse only to find it missing. The only thing worse? When your personal information ends up in the hands of a potential thief.
Open up your wallet. Take a look at your credit cards. There’s a good chance you’ve got at least one RFID-chipped card in the mix.
The hits just keep coming for picture-sharing giant Snapchat. After nearly a month of security trouble, the company put a new safeguard in place last week
With deals flooding inboxes and malls packed to capacity, holiday shoppers turned to the Internet more than ever this year to find the perfect gifts.
Identify theft doesn’t just happen to adults with credit cards and bank accounts. In fact, children’s identities are stolen at a 51 percent higher clip than adults.
California’s first-ever data breach report came out last month, showing 2.5 million residents had personal information put at risk in 131 incidents in 2012.
Online fraud has come a long way since the days of Nigerian princes looking to move millions of dollars. Cyber criminals are getting smarter and their methods of attack are growing. In just the past few months, scammers have used fake IRS tax refund notices
Long gone are the days of emailing yourself important files, storing documents on your desktop or carrying a spare thumb drive, just in case. Data storage has made its way online, and Internet users have embraced the cloud.