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Archive for the ‘Identity Theft’ Category

Did Apple Just Improve Card Security?

Written by William Cowie - One Comment

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Which side are you on?
The universe these days seems to be split into Apple lovers and Apple haters. The lovers anxiously awaited Apple’s annual model change, wondering what they were going to do to save us from that most dreaded of modern conditions: gadget deprivation. Everyone knew the iPhone 6 would come in two [...]

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Published on October 1st, 2014
Modified on September 27th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Banking, Consumer, Credit Cards, Customer Service, Identity Theft
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Burglary Explained by Burglars

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This guest post from our partner site Zing! was written by Tim Krebs, corporate communications manager for Protect America Home Security. Tim regularly contributes to the Protect America Home and Life Blog and covers a variety of homeowner-related topics. Protect America recently released its “Interview with a Burglar” eBook, which visualizes some of the data found [...]

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Published on August 15th, 2014
Modified on August 8th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: House & Home, Identity Theft, Travel
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Your Internet passwords stink, but it’s not (completely) your fault

Written by FCN Staff - 2 Comments

This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing.
If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t pay much attention to creating impenetrable passwords for your online accounts. According to Splashdata, an online password provider, the list of the top online passwords are just terrible from a security standpoint.
The good news is that “password” [...]

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Published on February 7th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Identity Theft
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An Affinity for Fraud

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 4 Comments

There are some who wear their religiosity on their sleeves. They never tire of telling people how devoted they are to their church or synagogue, how faithfully they attend services, and how God-fearing, spiritual and pious they are. Some go so far as to suggest others who don’t share their faith are headed hell-ward.
My father [...]

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Published on March 28th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Identity Theft
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Credit Card Fraud: It Can Happen to You

Written by Richard Barrington - 15 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to happen to me.
You see, as a financial writer, when I cover a story about credit card fraud, it’s supposed to be in the third person — about what happened to some unfortunate victim, or about how laws help protect consumers, etc. It’s not supposed to be in the first person. I’m [...]

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Published on December 18th, 2012
Modified on January 12th, 2013 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Customer Service, Identity Theft
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Don’t Get Hacked

Written by Nickel - 8 Comments

Last week I read the horrifying story of how an otherwise tech-savvy guy got hacked. Big time. The hackers compromised a number of his accounts and he lost tons of files. The good news is that there’s a lot we can all learn from his experiences.
For a bit of background, the entire process started when [...]

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Published on August 6th, 2012
Modified on August 15th, 2012 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Identity Theft, Online
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Check Fraud: Use a Shredder — and Hope Everyone Else Does, Too!

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

I’ve suggested in the past that you should think twice before writing a check to a complete stranger. After all, your checks contain both your account number and your banks routing number — exactly what someone would need to help themselves to your money.
This is especially troubling given the ease with which checks can be [...]

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Published on May 14th, 2012
Modified on May 16th, 2012 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Banking, Identity Theft
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Using BillGuard to Protect Your Credit and Debit Cards Against Fraudulent Charges

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

A couple months ago, I received an e-mail from a PR person telling me about a new service call BillGuard. I get tons of PR e-mail and, almost without fail, they go straight to the trash.
That being said, this one caught my eye and I filed it away for later investigation. Fast forward about a [...]

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Published on May 2nd, 2012
Modified on May 17th, 2012 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Banking, Credit Cards, Identity Theft
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One Sick Scam

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

It’s well established that average Americans find it difficult to save money. Come to think of it, there’s good reason for this. In a stagnant wage environment, they face high and ever increasing costs from legitimate sources, everything from supermarkets, gas stations and drug stores to car repair shops, banks, clinics, the folks who collect [...]

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Published on November 22nd, 2011
Modified on December 3rd, 2011 - One Comment
Filed under: Identity Theft
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Creating and Using Strong Passwords

Written by Nickel - 20 Comments

How safe are your passwords? If you bank online, the only thing standing between you and a financial disaster is your password (and perhaps your username). And yet many people do an astonishingly bad job of selecting secure passwords.
A big part of the problem is that secure passwords are hard to remember. When combined with [...]

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Published on November 16th, 2011
Modified on November 21st, 2011 - 20 Comments
Filed under: Identity Theft, Online
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