Tag: identity theft

The social networking site RockYou has agreed to settle FTC charges that its security flaws allowed hackers to access the personal information of 32 million users. The FTC complaint also alleges that the company collected info from more than 100,000...

Did you know that an identity thief could use your Social Security number to get a job, or the tax refund that should be yours?Tax season is in full swing. Identity thieves can use a stolen Social Security number to apply for a job or file for a tax...

March 4-10, 2012, is the 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)! NCPW is a coordinated campaign to focus attention on the importance of consumer education. To celebrate, federal agencies, state and local governments, and consumer...

In light of Zappo’s recent announcement that its database was hacked, OnGuardOnline.gov offers the following tips to help you reduce your risk of identity theft: If you used your Zappos login ID or password for other accounts, change them....

Did you get a new computer for the holidays? Wondering what to do with your old one?Since computers often hold personal and financial information, the most important thing you can do is ensure that its hard drive doesn’t become a...

With the holiday season in full swing, the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign reminds travelers to be vigilant with their electronic devices. While many people rely on these devices for travel arrangements,...

During week three of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the campaign focuses its attention on preventing identity theft and other cyber crimes. To minimize your risk of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that you:...

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, your Social Security number, or some other personal, financial, or medical information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. Online threats like phishing, malware, or hacking...

An unexpected message from the IRS could be a tip off that an identity thief is misusing your Social Security number. Contact the IRS if you receive a notice that: more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number IRS...

A minor distraction is all it takes for a laptop to vanish. If it goes missing, all the valuable information stored on it may fall into the hands of an identity thief. Keep these tips in mind when you’re out and about with your laptop: Do...

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