ID Theft

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19 types of identity theft to know and avoid in 2023 + statistics

What is identity theft?


Identity theft is when someone steals your personally identifying information, such as your name, address, date of birth, or credit card numbers, without your knowledge or consent to commit fraud or other illegal activities.

June 20, 2023·5 min
How hackers hack credit cards

When you hear about a data breach in which millions of credit card numbers here is what usually happens.

August 31, 2022·4 min read
How to protect your Social Security number: 10 SSN tips

Protecting your Social Security number is smart because, in the wrong hands, your SSN might lead to various types of identity theft or fraud. These tips can help.

August 01, 2022·2 min read
IRS scam calls: Fake vs. real IRS contact

It’s smart to stay vigilant throughout tax season and on Tax Day for IRS scam calls. Here’s a guide to common scams and tips how to protect against them.

January 20, 2022·4 min read
Identity theft New Year’s resolutions: 10 ways to help protect your identity in 2022

Credit monitoring services watch your credit reports for any new activity. They then alert you to it. They can help protect against the impact of identity theft

December 08, 2021·4 min read
Tax season: How to help protect yourself against tax-related identity theft

Take these steps to help avoid tax-related identity theft and help protect your potential tax refund. An IRS tool known as an IP PIN can help reduce the odds of this kind of identity theft.

December 08, 2021·4 min read
IP PINs: How this IRS security tool could help protect you from identity theft

The IRS offers taxpayers a tool to help prevent tax-related identity theft: an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number, better known as an IP PIN. Learn how to get an IP PIN.

December 07, 2021·2 min read
9 warning signs of identity theft and what to look for

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes and affects millions of americans every year. Identity thieves can use your social security number, bank account credentials, credit card numbers, or date of birth to steal your personal information. If you are a victim, you’ll need to act quickly to clear your name.

October 25, 2021·2 min read
Credit monitoring services: How do they work?

Credit monitoring services can alert you when there's activity on your credit files. Is that enough to help protect you against ID theft?

October 19, 2021·2 min read
Session hijacking: What is a session hijacking and how does it work?

A session hijacking attack happens when an attacker takes over your internet session. A session hijacking attacker can then do anything you could do on the site. Here’s how to help protect against session hijacking.

May 05, 2021·3 min read
What is phone account takeover fraud? Why it’s smart to protect your cellphone number

This fraud happens when a scammer takes control of your wireless phone account and phone number. It can cause plenty of financial pain.

February 07, 2021·2 min read
COVID-19 relief fraud and its tax impact: What you need to know

Fraudsters are using coronavirus aid programs to commit ID theft and steal funds. Learn how to help protect yourself against COVID-19-related fraud.

January 15, 2021·4 min read
Wardriving: What it is and how to help protect your network

Wardriving could enable hackers to gain access to devices connected to your home network. Find out how to help stop them.

November 24, 2020·3 min read
What is RFID and why does it matter?

RFID is a type of Automatic Identification and Data Capture technology. Uses include contactless payments and tracking inventory.

June 25, 2020·4 min read
5 things you need to know about identity theft

Knowing how identity theft happens can help you better understand which information you need to protect and how you can avoid becoming a victim.

August 08, 2018·3 min read
How to help protect against phishing scams during tax season

W-2 phishing scams are on the rise especially during tax season. The IRS reported an estimated 400% increase in phishing and malware incidents from 2015 to 2016.

August 08, 2018·2 min read
what happens when your identity Is stolen?

What Happens When Your Identity Is Stolen?

August 08, 2018·4 min read
Credit Monitoring vs. Identity Theft Protection Services. What's the difference?

Two popular options to help protect against identity theft: credit monitoring and identity protection services. Knowing which is right for you means taking into consideration of what level of protection they each offer and what you really need:

August 08, 2018·4 min read
Myths and facts about identity theft

Knowing how identity theft really works can help protect you from this crime.

August 08, 2018·2 min read
7 Steps to Take Right After a Data Breach

When I heard the news of the credit reporting agency data breach in September 2017, my first question was whether I was one of the ...

August 08, 2018·4 min read
How to avoid identity theft online

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. Identity theft is a growing concern in today's internet landscape. Learn how to be protected against it. This is part 3 in a series of blog posts...

August 08, 2018·3 min read
Child identity theft: What parents need to know

Child identity theft can go on for years before it’s discovered. Learn what parents can do to help protect their kids from this threat.

August 08, 2018·3 min read
What you can still do about the Equifax data breach in 2018

If you were affected by the Equifax data breach, it may not be too late to help protect your identity. Take these steps now.

August 08, 2018·4 min read
5 things you should know about identity theft

Knowing how identity theft happens can help you better understand which information you need to protect and how you can avoid becoming a victim.

August 08, 2018·2 min read
Identity theft: What is it and how to avoid it

Cybercriminals can access your personal information and may use it to commit identity theft or sell it on the dark web. Learn more.

August 08, 2018·3 min read
Credit freezes vs. credit locks: What’s the difference and when should you use each one?

Credit freezes and credit locks help prevent scammers from opening accounts and taking out loans in your name. But there are important differences, too.

August 08, 2018·4 min read

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