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Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention

Best 12 Steps for Identity Theft Prevention Identity theft is happening much too often as technology advances. The number of bad guys out to get your private and financial data is only multiplying.  Some say it may be just a matter of time to fall victim to having private identifying information stolen.  The less people take measures to protect their personal information, the easier it is for them to become a victim.  The more lax one is, such as those who say they are not worried about, the more likely they may become a statistic.  While it is hard to totally avoid identity theft, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.  These steps need to be...

Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft

As we enter the New Year, be sure to keep up, or adopt, these good data security habits to avoid identity theft   Are you doing enough to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen? As you start the New Year, this is a good time to reflect on what kinds of measures you should take to prevent thieves from stealing and using your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for fraudulent activities. As more and more of our personal information is online and cybercriminals target everything from bank accounts to tax refunds, identity theft is a growing concern. With your sensitive information in their hands, crooks can make fraudulent purchases, open new accounts or apply for loans in your...

hackers love tax season

Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers

Who loves tax season besides accountants? Hackers  It’s tax time in the United States, and even if you’re pretty sure you did everything right, you’re worried. Did I file correctly? Did I claim the right deductions? Will I get audited? Unfortunately, tax season brings out scammers eager to take advantage of your anxiety. The tax scam landscape First, know that you’re probably doing a good job with your taxes. Less than 2% of returns get audited and most discrepancies or adjustments can get handled easily if you address them promptly. Still, wariness of the IRS and intricate tax laws makes for ripe pickings when it comes to hackers, who prey on people’s fear of audits and penalties. Common scams...

Why Thieves are Targeting your Trash

Why Thieves are Targeting your Trash

A group of criminals in St. Tammany Parish, LA were arrested after they went dumpster diving. This criminal ring was targeting trash from a local loan business – one of those “cash now” places. The group rummaged through the trash to gather personal information about customers. They used this information to either steal existing credit cards or open new ones. Then they went on spending sprees. At some retailers, they convinced the cashiers to type in the credit card number so they didn’t need to swipe the card. This way they could use stolen card numbers even if they didn’t have a physical card. According to local police, the crime wave went on for about a year, affecting at...

commit to protect privacy

Let’s Commit To Protect Our Privacy This Year

  Let’s Commit To Protect Our Privacy This Year How our new identity & privacy app can help By this point in the year you may have already broken some of your New Year’s resolutions, but here’s one to commit to keep: better protecting your online privacy. After all, we are likely to continue to spend more time online in 2021, whether it be for working, learning, or shopping. This makes taking some preventative steps to shield our identity information more important than ever. That’s why McAfee has been working on a new identity and privacy app for safeguarding your personal information, and we’d love for you to try it if you’re in the U.S. Here’s a little bit about our approach. We looked at some of the...

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