Identity Theft

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Five top trends in security threats...

Just as technology is continuously evolving, so are the wily ways in which fraudsters circumvent the safeguards for changing technologies. Symantec’s study Internet Security Threat Report offers a review of where cyber thieves are finding new opportunities and, accordingly, where experts believe the thorniest security trouble spots lie....

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‘Tis the season for data privacy...

As our world becomes ever smaller and more networked, Data Privacy Day provides information to consumers about the ways in which personal information is collected, stored, used and shared. The international privacy promotion also helps businesses understand the laws and regulations to which they’re subjected and offers guidance about...

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How data breaches harm reputations...

The Ponemon study clearly shows that when data breaches occur, the collateral damage of a company’s brand and reputation become significant hard costs that must be factored into the total financial loss....

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Data breaches don’t take a holiday at the arcade...

A recent data breach discovery serves as a reminder that even when you’re on vacation, cyber criminals never s...

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Holiday travel without data leaks...

The average value of a lost laptop is $49,246, a number based on several factors: replacement cost, detection, forensics, data breach, lost intellectual property costs, lost productivity and legal, consulting and regulatory expenses....

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Avoiding holiday scams...

With the flood of online shoppers comes the accompanying tidal wave of fraudsters washing over the cheerful holiday landscape. Hidden behind the online mistletoe, cyber-thieves lurk with seasonal scams, virtual Scrooges with plans to spoil holiday shopping for consumers and...

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Data breaches make the hospitality industry less hospi...

According to a new report by British insurance firm Willis Group Holdings, insurance claims for data theft worldwide jumped 56% last year, with the largest share of those attacks - 38% - targeting hotels, reports and tour companies. Why are hackers increasingly making themselves at home in the hospitality...

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Honoring veterans by protecting their identities...

It is a cruel irony that service members who defend our country by fighting abroad are often most at risk from the threat of identity theft at home. Frequent deployments, relocation and the unique demands of military life create vulnerabilities for fraudsters to exploit, and military personnel can remain...

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Your biggest data breach risk may be on your payroll...

Data breaches may conjure images of malicious hackers and global cyber gangs, but often the worst breaches come at the hands of a company’s own employees....

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Cyber crime gets costlier...

The Ponemon Institute’s recently released “Second Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study” confirms that data breaches have become a more frequent and damaging hazard of busin...

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Ensuring the security of personal identifiable informa...

Everywhere you turn these days there’s word of a new data breach. In the course of our lifetime, our “personal identifying information (PII)” is shared with hundreds of companies, governmental agencies, educational facilities, businesses and health care providers. What can a consumer do to protect their sensitive personal infor......

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Do your passwords pass the hack test?...

The steady drumbeat of recent data breaches has called significant attention to the security vulnerabilities of even the world’s biggest corporate brands and defense organizations. These incidents have spotlighted the need for improved breach prevention m...

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