Online Privacy

Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Online shopping is a quick and convenient way to purchase items, especially during the commotion of the holiday season. While you click from site-to-site, make sure you are practicing safe habits when making online transactions. Here are Identity Theft Expert John Sileo’s 10 tips to keep yourself safe when shopping online.

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Put a Stop to the Secret Sister Scam

If you have a Facebook account, you’ve likely seen the “Secret Sister” post either on your friend’s status or in a trending topic. While it sounds enticing, it’s nothing more than another chain letter.

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Ransom Payments

A few months ago, we discussed how your computer could be held for ransom. While you can try to avoid this type of scam by keeping your anti-virus software up-to-date and by not clicking on anything suspicious, the risk will linger as long as scammers exist.

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Your MySpace Password Could Make You Vulnerable

While a MySpace account may be a thing of your past, the significance of this hack is the personal information that would have been stored on the site. That information could now be for sale on the black market where thieves are banking on the fact that you have used the same email and password combination on other sites.

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Public Wi-Fi Could Be the Reason Your Identity is Compromised

Whether you’re in an airport, hotel or coffee shop (or maybe all of the above!) you’re likely to encounter public Wi-Fi. While it seems easy and convenient, avoid the temptation! Connecting to “free” public Wi-Fi means you are connecting to an unencrypted network, leaving your computer open for others to gain access.

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You Hold the Key to Your Instagram Security!

Social media is a great tool to share your life with your friends and family, but if you don’t have strong privacy settings on your accounts what you post can increase your risk of identity theft. A few months ago, we outlined how you can secure your Facebook profile; today, we want to show you how to maintain your privacy on Instagram!

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Mask Your Privacy While You Surf the Web

Do you ever watch video tutorials or shop around online for something then go to a search engine site, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, and see advertisements for items similar to those you were researching? While these advertisements can help consumers narrow in on great deals and it’s convenient to come back to your computer a day or more later and still have your previous search history available, it can also be concerning that sites are able to track and display content specific to you. So, how do websites know so much about you, and what are some ways that you can mask your identity?

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Smell Something Phishy? It Might Be Your Inbox.

With the New Year here, our resolution is to continue providing the tools and information you need to help build your defense against identity thieves. Whether your resolution is about money or fitness, protecting your identity is a critical part of securing your overall wealth and well-being. One way to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft is to avoid Phishing scams.

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Opt-Out of People Search Engines

A few weeks ago, I decided to conduct a search of my name to see what someone could learn about me. As expected, some of the top results pointed me to pages designed to be a ‘people search engine’ and the information displayed included previous addresses and phone numbers. But I was surprised to discover that other sites went a level deeper, linking me to schools I attended, my family members… even birth, marriage and court records.

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