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Q&A: Founder of ‘Savvy Cyber Kids’ on Cybersecurity Best Practices

Because October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and in part to raise public awareness of the dangers of identity theft, we recently chatted with author and technology guru Ben Halpert. Several years ago he launched Savvy Cyber Kids, a nonprofit that has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign's national network, forming a partnership that will promote cybersecurity awareness to children nationwide. Keep reading to learn why he launched Savvy Cyber Kids and various topics related to keeping kids as safe as possible online. Read More

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Identity Theft Realities: Pittsburgh Tax Fraud Victims Cite ‘Extreme Anxiety, Emotional Distress’

Extreme anxiety and emotional distress, to the point of feeling ill.

That's exactly how one victim of tax-related identity theft says she felt after learning she had her identity and personal information stolen. Read More

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Hacked Hotel Company Exposes Guests’ Credit Card Information

It’s the latest in the wave of cyber attacks to hit American businesses.

Guests at some hotels managed by White Lodging Services Corporation – which include such brands as Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Sheraton – may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a data breach that went on for most of 2013. Read More

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FTC Plans Webinar, Twitter Chats to Promote National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

It's a New Year and, believe it or not, it's also time to start thinking about tax season! While you may not think about filing your return until April, scammers and fraudsters are already thinking of ways to bilk you out of your hard-earned refund this year. Keep reading for ways to stay safe this year! Read More

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The Convenience Factor: Easy For You Means Easy for Hackers

Consumers like convenience and technology thrives on their desire to make life easier. When a task is seamless and simple, the rewards tend to outweigh the risk in the eyes of the consumer. Keep reading to learn why security should never take a back seat just because it might seem inconvenient! Read More

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Huffington Post: To Understand Identity Theft, Simply ‘Follow the Money’

According to a new Huffington Post article on identity theft, your data is big business! A credit card number, name, and date of birth can sell for $13 on the Internet black market. A Social Security number can go for $20 -- and get this, a bank account with a balance of $10,000 goes for an average cost of $625 on the black market.

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3 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Identity Theft

As an adult, you're aware that even though your identity isn’t a tangible thing,  it can be stolen. But do your kids understand these complex topics? As we move further into the digital age, the lessons we must teach our children are changing.

Click to learn three tips from the Identity Theft Resource Center – simple, easy ways you and your children can protect against identity theft and cybercrime.

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76% Say Free WiFi Can Lead to Identity Theft [INFOGRAPHIC]

Identity theft is a huge epidemic -- have you ever thought about the risks to your personal life by using a "free" Internet connection? What information are you (over)sharing?

PRIVATE WiFi recently partnered with our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center about overall consumer privacy beliefs in WiFi hotspots. The results as shown in the infographic in this article are startling yet informative. Read More

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Your Security and the New Healthcare Marketplace: What the FTC Wants You to Know

The Federal Trade Commission will host a roundtable meeting next week to discuss how to empower and protect consumers from scammers with the advent of healthcare marketplaces opening this fall under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Find out why Fox News recently called the health exchanges "a feeding frenzy for scammers" -- and which ploys you need to know about before falling for any of these sophisticated ACA-related scams. Read More

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Try ‘MaskMe’ for Free: New Privacy Tool Creates Temporary Safe Mask for Email, Credit Cards, Online Contact Details

How many times have you been standing at a checkout and the cashier ask for your email address as just a normal part of purchasing a new pair of socks or batteries? Why do stores even collect such personal information? Most of us have learned to say “uh, no thanks!” to those invasive requests, but there’s never been an easy way to skirt the issue when shopping or socializing online. Until now! Read More

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