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June 30, 2006

Can Getting Rid of a Computer or Replacing a Hard Drive Lead to Identity Theft?

Old Computers and Hard Drives Can Increase the Threat of Identity Theft

It’s not uncommon for people to get rid of old computers or replace their hard drives when needs and technologies change. What many people don’t realize is getting rid of an old computer or hard drive can actually lead to identity theft. If you have a computer, chances are you’re going to replace at some point in the future. If you want to protect yourself from identity theft, there are a few things you should know.

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June 29, 2006

Internet Cookies are Getting More Dangerous

You Really Need to Get Rid of Internet Cookies

We all know that Internet cookies can be annoying and an intrusion on our privacy, but I really didn’t think they could contribute to identity theft until recently. I mean, sure, I knew they could cause unwanted ads to pop up on my computer screen and could tell certain websites how often I visited their site, how long I stayed there, etc. However, I had no idea just how sinister Internet cookies were becoming.

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June 26, 2006

Senate Bill May Help Prevent Identity Theft

What’s the Real Deal with The Senate Bill and Identity Theft Protection?

Just when we were starting to think the government could care less about our identity theft issues, a senate bill was introduced that would lend a hand to identity theft prevention. But how helpful will this bill really be and how much will it actually protect consumers from identity theft?

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June 24, 2006

Credit Card Fraud at Restaurants Isn’t an Urban Legend

Important News Regarding Restaurant Credit Card Fraud

A while ago we wrote about how important it is to keep your credit card in sight when paying at a restaurant. We didn’t have any specific cases to cite, but we knew there was a risk of unscrupulous servers stealing credit card information when a customer isn’t looking. It turns out this isn’t just a “what if” scenario. This type of credit card fraud has actually happened.

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June 23, 2006

Identity Theft Hits the FTC

The FTC Isn’t Immune to Identity Theft Issues

As if the personal information of 26.5 million veterans being stolen wasn’t bad enough, now it appears that even the FTC isn’t immune from identity theft issues. If the Federal Trade Commission, the government agency that supposed to protect us from identity theft, can fall victim to identity theft problems, where does that leave the rest of us?

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June 15, 2006

Merging High Tech and Low Tech to Fight Identity Theft

You Need Multiple Measures to Fight Identity Theft

Most of us know that identity theft is a serious concern and many of us take measures to fight identity theft. For instance, you may have a firewall installed on your computer or you may be running an anti-spyware program. Maybe you’re checking your credit report once a year or shredding your personal documents before throwing them in the trash. If you are doing one of the above measures, you’re not doing enough.

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June 14, 2006

Swipe and Go Credit Cards: Modern Convenience or another Identity Theft Risk?

What You Should Know About Swipe and Go Credit Cards

The idea behind the new swipe and go credit cards seems like a good one on the surface. After all, with the hectic schedules most people keep nowadays, every second counts and if a swipe and go credit card can save you time, why not use one? However, when you look a little deeper, you may soon realize that swipe and go credit cards may not be worth the convenience if they increase your chances of identity theft.

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June 10, 2006

Americans Are Still Making Identity Theft Easy

How We Hand Our Information Over For Identity Theft

Just when we thought almost everyone was on top of their identity-theft prevention game, it turns out that scores of Americans are still handing their personal information to the wolves. Our social security numbers are what identity theft criminals want most, and we are sometimes all to willing to oblige them. Make sure you’re not playing into their hands by answering the questions we’ve laid out for you.

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June 9, 2006

Can Airport Check-In Kiosks Lead to Identity Theft?

Identity Theft at the Airport

The introduction of self-service check-in kiosks at the airport were a welcome advance in technology. After all, isn’t everyone anxious to avoid airport check-in lines and less-than-helpful airport staff? Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is these airport check-in kiosks may actually put you at risk of identity theft.

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June 8, 2006

Can Credit Freezes Eliminate Identity Theft?

Credit Freezes May be the Identity Theft Answer We’ve Been Looking For

Imaging being able to completely control who could get access to your credit information. If you think you already have that control, you’re wrong. Perhaps one of the reasons identity theft is so common is because our credit information is for sale to anyone who wants to buy it. Everything from our social security numbers to our credit histories can be bought and sold. But what if we could put a stop to it, thereby reducing identity theft if not eliminating it? If more states adopt credit freeze laws, we might be able to.

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June 5, 2006

Sometimes You Can’t Protect Your Credit Card Information

When Credit Card Safety is Out of Your Hands

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you do what it takes to keep your credit card information safe. Unfortunately, the companies that you entrust with your credit card information may not be doing the same thing. Recently, 240,000 customers of Hotels.com discovered that their credit card information has been put at risk due to the fact that an auditor of the company had stored their credit card information on his laptop and that laptop was stolen out of his car. How can you ensure that the businesses you patronize don’t allow your credit card information to fall into the wrong hands?

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June 3, 2006

When Identity Theft Protection Goes Wrong

What You Need to Know about Identity Theft Protection

Many of us know that credit monitoring services are an excellent form of identity theft protection. While they may not actually prevent identity theft from occurring, these credit monitoring services can alert you as soon as the identity theft happens. But what happens when a company offering credit monitoring services for identity theft protection isn’t everything it appears to be?

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June 2, 2006

Identity Theft and Job Fraud

How the Promise of a Job Can Lead to Identity Theft

In today’s market there are millions of people looking for jobs and identity theft criminals have found a way to benefit from the situation. Internet job banks have quickly become the job resource of choice and identity theft criminals know this. That’s why they’ve covertly invaded the job banks and are preying on those looking for employment.

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June 1, 2006

The Correlation between Crime, Public Records and Identity Theft

Is the Area In Which You Live Putting You at a Higher Risk of Identity Theft?

It has often been said that everyone is at an equal risk of identity theft regardless of where they live. That isn’t necessarily the case. A recent study conducted by an independent research company published statistics which indicate that a person’s residence can indeed affect their risk level of identity theft. So how does the area in which you live have anything to do with how much identity theft risk you assume? The answers may surprise you.

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