Protect Your Identity

Face it: Your image may be in IBM's facial recognition database
Are your social media photos being used for facial recognition research? Protect Your Identity March 21, 2019
If you have a Flickr account, your image may be included in a vast facial recognition database created by IBM.…
If you use the Chrome browser, you should update it NOW
If you use the Chrome browser, you should update it NOW Protect Your Identity March 15, 2019
If Google Chrome is your browser of choice, your computer may be in danger from "previously publicly-unknown vulnerabilities," according to…
Can you really use *77 to block spam calls?
Can you stop unwanted calls by dialing *77? Protect Your Identity March 14, 2019
Lots of us get annoying unwanted calls on our home phones from blocked numbers. But the situation — as frustrating…
Broken Heart On Dollar Bills
Avoid these romance and dating scams this Valentine’s Day Scams & Rip-Offs February 12, 2019
Valentine's Day may evoke thoughts of red roses, fine wine and perhaps a nice restaurant or surprise getaway, but there's…
How to protect yourself during a data breach
Were you caught up in any of 2018’s data breaches? Check your statements closely… Protect Your Identity January 4, 2019
If the previous 12 months have taught us anything, it's that data breaches will likely continue to be a huge…
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself
Phone porting scam: How to protect yourself on different carriers Scams & Rip-Offs January 2, 2019
Thieves are increasingly stealing people's phone numbers in a new scheme known as "porting" or "port-out scamming." A phone porting…
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Microsoft issues emergency security patch for Internet Explorer Protect Your Rights & Identity December 21, 2018
Microsoft has issued a series of emergency security patches for certain versions of Internet Explorer that criminals are actively exploiting…
Facebook shared your data with other companies
Report: Facebook shared private messages with Amazon, 150+ others Protect Your Rights & Identity December 19, 2018
Facebook has spent much of the past 12 months apologizing and trying to make amends for the Cambridge Analytica data…
How to tell if that Amazon.com email is legit
How to tell if that email you get from Amazon is legit or a phishing scam Protect Your Identity November 30, 2018
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com sends untold numbers of emails to consumers on a daily basis. Many of…
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60 million people may have had their data exposed by the U.S. Postal Service Protect Your Rights & Identity November 26, 2018
The United States Postal Service confirms a long-lived security flaw on its website potentially exposed the data of 60 million…
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4 free services to thwart the identity thieves lurking in your mailbox Protect Your Identity November 19, 2018
FedEx, UPS, DHL and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are contending with criminals setting up fraudulent online accounts under…
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here are some answers
Having trouble with Experian & Equifax credit freezes? Here’s some help Protect Your Rights & Identity November 19, 2018
It's only been a short while since credit freezes were made free by the three major credit-reporting bureaus. The government-mandated…
MyLife.com
How to remove your personal information from MyLife.com Protect Your Identity November 16, 2018
In this digital age, our data is being mined like never before. One site that compiles information about your personal life —…
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USPS Informed Delivery: Sign up for this free service in your name before a criminal does! Protect Your Identity November 15, 2018
Identity thieves are exploiting a loophole in a free postal service designed to give you an early look-see into what's…
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again Scams & Rip-Offs November 13, 2018
When the end of the year rolls around, you can always count on three things: holiday music in the stores,…
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Banks are now working with DMVs to get your personal data Protect Your Identity November 13, 2018
The nation's big banks want to be in cahoots with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. So are they looking…
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HealthCare.gov data breach reveals info on 75,000 people Protect Your Rights & Identity November 12, 2018
HealthCare.gov has revealed that it suffered a minor breach last month that exposed the data of around 75,000 people who…
Thieves are stealing frequent flyer miles — but here's how to protect yourself
How to keep your frequent flyer miles safe from thieves Protect Your Rights & Identity November 6, 2018
Criminals seem to know no bounds in trying to swindle unsuspecting victims. One scheme that seems to be increasing in…
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Nest camera hacker asks child if he ‘took the school bus home’ through monitoring system Protect Your Identity November 1, 2018
A Long Island mother has come forward with a frightening story about a hack of the family's Nest camera that…
DuckDuckGo: The search engine that values your privacy
Want to guard your privacy online? Search the web with DuckDuckGo Protect Your Identity October 19, 2018
You'd be forgiven if you think the internet search engine game starts and ends with Google. While the Mountain View,…
Playstation 4 message 'bricks' device, but here's how to fix it
Playstation 4 message ‘bricks’ device, but here’s how to fix it Protect Your Rights & Identity October 15, 2018
Some Playstation 4 users are complaining about a message they received on the device that subsequently "bricks" their consoles. It is…
Experian data breach: What we know + how to stay protected
Experian PIN recovery flaw: What we know now Protect Your Rights & Identity October 15, 2018
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story called this a "data breach," when it is actually more of a…
Facebook allows some phone numbers to be searchable — and you can't disable it -- Data breach: Facebook says 50 million users hacked
UPDATE: 30 million Facebook users hacked Mobile & Electronics October 12, 2018
Facebook updated the public Friday on a massive hack that exposed the personal information of millions of its users. The…
Hackers accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users
Hackers in China accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users Protect Your Rights & Identity October 12, 2018
In an increasingly sophisticated scheme, hackers are stealing Apple IDs and siphoning big money from iPhone users. The scam works…
Hotel phone scam targets guest with calls from fake 'manager'
Scam alert: Hotel guests getting calls from fake ‘managers’ Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
New reports of an old hotel phone scam targeting guests and their wallets are popping up with greater frequency these days.…
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone Scams & Rip-Offs October 5, 2018
In this plugged-in digital age, most of us carry mobile phones. But things happen. People leave their phones at home,…
Think twice before using Facebook to log into other apps & websites
Think twice before using Facebook to log into other apps & websites Protect Your Rights & Identity October 2, 2018
If you're an avid user of social media, perhaps the most recent Facebook data breach is still fresh on your mind.…
How to make sure your credit report is accurate
How to make sure the files that are kept on you are accurate Protect Your Rights & Identity September 28, 2018
Many of us are aware of the need to review our credit reports from Experian, TransUnion and Equifax every year.…
Want to work from home? Here's how to spot a virtual assistant scam
Looking to work from home? Beware this virtual assistant job scam Scams & Rip-Offs September 20, 2018
With the economy thriving, many employers are making concerted efforts to hire more people. As fruitful as these times are…
How to stop those annoying 'Congratulations' gift card ads
How to stop those annoying ‘Congratulations’ pages on your phone’s browser Mobile & Electronics September 14, 2018
Perhaps you're familiar with this scenario: You visit a website on your mobile device, sometimes one you've never been to…