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Video: Safeguard Your Personal Data While On Public WiFi

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Identity theft, Cybercrime, Privacy

In this increasingly connected world, cafes, airports, hotels and even subway lines offer readily available public internet. While public WiFi is incredibly convenient, it isn't exactly safe when it comes to protecting your privacy and personal data

2016 Was A Banner Year For Identity Theft

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 6, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Identity theft

A new study finds that a record number of Americans were victims of identity theft in 2016. According to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study by Javelin Strategy & Research, 15.4 million Americans were victims last year – up 16 percent from 2015.

Study Links Consumer Overconfidence And Phishing Scam Success

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Identity theft, Cyber Fraud

Think you’re too smart to fall for a phishing scam? Well, according to a new study, that overconfidence may make you the perfect victim for scammers and identity thieves.

New Malware Infects 13K Android Phones Each Day

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 2, 2016 at 11:15 AM / Identity theft, Cyber Fraud

A new report says more than a million Android phones have been compromised by a new malware strain since August. What’s more, experts say the virus, called Gooligan, is spreading at an alarming rate with an additional 13,000 phones becoming infected each day.

Cyber Monday: 5 Ways Consumers Can Protect Their Personal Information

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM / Identity theft

Cyber Monday is officially underway. And for the first time ever, consumers are expected to spend more online today than they spent in stores on Friday.  Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks retail traffic, predicts that consumers will spend a whopping $3.36 billion online this Cyber Monday.

7 Easy Ways to Protect Your Personal Data Online

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 29, 2016 at 11:11 AM / Identity theft, Consumer Protection, Cybercrime, Consumer Tips

From Colin Powell’s emails leak to the hack of the Democratic National Convention’s servers, it’s clear that no one is safe from digital break-ins. That said, there are still things you can do to protect your personal information while online.

Deleting Your Personal Data Isn't Enough to Keep It Safe

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 23, 2016 at 11:22 AM / Identity theft, Consumer Protection

Thinking about selling or recycling your old cellphone or computer? Then you want to make sure that you wipe it clean to reduce the risk of your personal data falling into the wrong hands.

But it turns out that deleting your personal data is much harder than you think – just hitting the delete button won't...

5 Ways to Keep Your Personal Information Safe

POSTED: William PinilisJuly 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM / Identity theft, Data Breach, Consumer Protection

Data breaches are constantly making headlines. The most recent involves a major breach that has affected customers from more than 1,000 Wendy’s restaurants across the country. Customers had their debit and credit card information stolen after cybercriminals hacked into the payment systems used at the...

WhatsApp Gold Service Scam Coming to a Smartphone Near You

POSTED: William PinilisJune 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, Identity theft, Internet & Email Scams, Scams

There is a message circulating on the WhatsApp service that is tricking users into installing malware. The scam offers users the chance to upgrade to a premium 'gold' service.

Prevent Identity Theft With These Password Safety Tips

POSTED: William PinilisJune 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Identity theft

The internet has made all our lives easier by allowing us to manage our personal accounts without ever leaving home.  We can do our banking, pay for utilities, book appointments, shop and much more right from our computers or smartphones. As such, we all have dozens of passwords that we need to remember.

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