Avoid an Identity Crisis: 6 Ways College Students Can Be Money and Identity Smart

June 16, 2015 | By:
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Collge

Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start Welcome to our new blog series, “Outwitting Identity Thieves from the Start.” This series will focus on the lesser-known financial pitfalls faced by those just starting out. I’ll be sharing my personal advice on how to effectively thwart any potential financial threats that these new life experiences may bring. …

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The Black Market Wants Your Identity

June 8, 2015 | By:
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Online Black Market

How Did Someone Steal My Identity? Maybe you’ve received a data breach notification or discovered fraudulent charges on your bank account. Either way, you know it’s not good news. But now what? You know your data’s out there, but how exactly did it get there? And where is “there”? If your name was on one …

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Why Even Small Data Breaches Hit Hard

June 4, 2015 | By:
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Small-Scale Data Breach

For the past few years, major organizations have dropped the ball on cybersecurity again and again. Retailers, insurance providers, educational institutions and even the U.S. government have all exposed inordinate amounts of their customers’ personal, financial and sometimes even medical information. This sensitive data is often used to commit identity theft and fraud — a …

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Top Strategies Identity Thieves Are Sure to Hate

May 14, 2015 | By:
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Proactive Measures

Identity theft was the number one complaint to the Federal Trade Commission in 2014. This ranking should not come as a surprise; identity theft has remained the top consumer complaint for fifteen consecutive years. No matter how pervasive identity crimes may be, there is a time-tested method for defending against them — take proactive measures …

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10 Tips for Protecting Your Information and Your Finances

May 5, 2015 | By:
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Budget

What’s one of the best ways to get financially fit? Start a budget. It’s easy to do with the right educational tips and tools. Budgeting isn’t about reducing yourself to a ramen noodle diet or spending every weekend boarded-up in the house reading by candlelight. Instead, it’s a way to maximize your income and help …

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What Small Businesses Need to Know about POS Systems

April 28, 2015 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

POS System

Point-of-sale (POS) systems are making headlines after four different POS providers suffered data breaches in the past year — exposing customer information at a variety of small businesses. These businesses entrusted their POS providers with protecting customer information but were quickly subjected to harsh backlash from their defrauded consumers — 28 percent of fraud victims …

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Local Commuters to Globetrotters — On-The-Go Information Security

April 13, 2015 | By:
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Mobile Security

You’re busy. You’re running errands. You’re commuting to work, to school and back home. You may also be traveling out of town – from plane to hotel and various destinations in between. With such a jam-packed schedule, you’re often making choices on the fly. Naturally, you choose convenience as much as possible. But what about …

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Better Credit Cannot Be Bought

April 7, 2015 | By:
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Credit Repair Scams

A bad credit score can prevent you from advancing in life. You must postpone major purchases, endure high interest rates and be handicapped from making investments in your future — such as going back to school or starting your own business. It may seem relentless and overwhelming. But that doesn’t mean you have to take …

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Laptop Security in Seven Simple Steps

March 24, 2015 | By:
Posted in: Business Protection

Laptop security

Imagine that tomorrow you wake up to find out a virus has infected your laptop and all your files have vanished. Your family photos, your spreadsheet of online passwords (a major security faux pas) and that report you need for a meeting later today — all gone. Scratch that. What if a burglar broke in …

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