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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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Identity Theft Awareness: FTC Advises Consumers on Dealing With Hacked Email or Social Networking Accounts

The Federal Trade Commission has new tips to help people deal with email and social networking hacks, whether it’s lessening the chances of a hack in the first place, or recovering from a hack once it happens.

But in case you don't think hacking can happen to you -- check out the following statistics from our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center. You'll be shocked to learn how many private records have been compromised since the ITRC started keeping track in 2005! Read More

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Fraud Facts: FTC Video, Insurance Infographic Help Identity Theft Victims

Are  you a social worker, attorney, or someone who likes helping others work to help resolve the issues identity theft causes?

If so, check out a new video from the Federal Trade Commission. The video is designed to help facilitators who assist consumers in repairing their identity.  Entitled Helping Victims of Identity Theft, it's the latest addition to the FTC’s library of resources that explain not only how to recognize identity theft, but also how to report it and repair the damage it can cause.

The FTC says it gets more complaints about identity theft each year than any other consumer issue, and estimates that nine million consumers become identity theft victims each year.

Other studies say that every three seconds, someone becomes a victim of identity theft. Click to check out this infographic made by insurance provider Protect Your Bubble. Read More

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