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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…
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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…
F3 things to know about Facebook's new privacy feature
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 the three major credit bureaus every…
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…
Security keys: What you need to know to protect your personal information
Use these security keys to lock down your computer and protect your personal info Protect Your Rights & Identity September 10, 2018
Although passwords and virtual two-factor authentication can be effective safeguards, the push to protect our digital data has crossed back…
Sports apparel company Challenger Teamwear suffers data breach
In a sports league? You should know about this cyberattack Protect Your Identity September 7, 2018
In a letter to customers, a sports apparel company announced this week that it has suffered a data breach. Challenger Teamwear,…
Equifax data breach: One year later, here are the new consumer protections you need to know
Equifax data breach, one year later: New consumer protections but ‘no meaningful sanctions’ Protect Your Identity September 7, 2018
It's been one year since the Equifax data breach, perhaps the most catastrophic security failure on record when it comes…
How to keep your information safe if you use Yahoo mail
How to keep your information safe if you use Yahoo mail Mobile & Electronics September 4, 2018
One drawback in today's digital age of free internet services is that some companies have turned your personal information into…
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
Have you eaten at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen? Take these steps to protect your credit Protect Your Identity August 23, 2018
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen has suffered a cyberattack that is believed to have yielded the payment information of a half million…
3 signs of a tech support scam & how to protect yourself
3 signs of a tech support scam & how to protect yourself Protect Your Identity July 25, 2018
There's been an increase in people reporting tech support scams for an assortment of electronic devices. Federal authorities say scammers…
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The American Community Survey: Is it legit & do you have to answer? Protect Your Identity July 6, 2018
You may be aware that we're coming up on the decennial census next year. The 2020 Census will provide an…
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Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s data breach: What we know so far Protect Your Identity July 6, 2018
Macy's and Bloomingdale's are the latest retailers to announce they've been hit by a data breach in a letter dated…
3 things to know about Google’s new privacy and security features
3 things to know about Google’s new privacy and security features Protect Your Rights & Identity June 22, 2018
After public outcry in response to high-profile data breaches and the Facebook data scandal, tech companies are finally starting to…
Cell phone fraud warning: How to avoid becoming a victim
Cell phone fraud warning: How to avoid becoming a victim Protect Your Identity June 18, 2018
It's safe to say that cell phones have become must-have gadgets for most of us these days. Because criminals know…
UPDATE: 27 million user accounts breached in Ticketfly hack
UPDATE: 27 million user accounts breached in Ticketfly hack Protect Your Identity June 7, 2018
Ticketing website Ticketfly is back online after being hacked last week in a high-profile data breach. It was initially reported that “thousands” of…
FBI warning: Why you should reboot your router now
FBI warning: Why you should reboot your router now Mobile & Electronics June 7, 2018
If your home or office computer uses a router, there's a good chance the device may be hit with a…
Report: Facebook shared your data with 60+ device makers, including Amazon & Apple
Report: Facebook shared your data with 60+ device makers, including Amazon & Apple Protect Your Rights & Identity June 4, 2018
To ensure better data protection for consumers, most websites have updated their privacy terms in line with the European Union's new cybersecurity…
T-Mobile website data breach exposed customer addresses, PINs
T-Mobile website data breach exposed customer addresses, PINs Protect Your Identity May 25, 2018
T-Mobile may bill itself as the "Un-carrier" because it bucks customer-unfriendly practices in the wireless industry, but it looks like…