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Adam K. Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years experience in personal finance, privacy, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is Chairman and founder of Identity Theft 911, Chairman and co-founder of Credit.com and serves as a spokesperson for both companies.

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Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:35 PM

T'was the night after Christmas, when all through the house

Every stripe of device with no need of a mouse

Sent oodles of data to that Cloud in the Air

While their owners slept soundly, with nary a care...

When it comes to gifts from the

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As lições mais importantes a se tirar da invasão da Sony

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Angelina Jolie podia estar muito irritada quando encontrou Amy Pascal, da Sony, na semana passada, depois que o grupo de hackers Guardians of Peace (Guardiões da Paz) vazou o e-mail da vice-presidente criticando a estrela de Malévola. Mas, enquanto a fofoca come solta e os assessores de imprensa fazem o...

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The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

(10) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:42 AM

Angelina Jolie may have been all thorns when she ran into Sony's Amy Pascal last week after the hacker group Guardians of Peace leaked the co-chair's email rant about the Maleficent star, but while the gossip mill grinds and the spin doctors do their best to stop the...

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5 Big Privacy Predictions for 2015

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:08 AM

It seems like there were more companies that had privacy-related problems in 2014 than didn't. And the lucky ones that didn't "get got" were separated by only one or two degrees from those that did. As we look ahead to 2015, I see a mix of old privacy concerns along...

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Colleague or Criminal? The Sneaky New Cyberthreat You Face at Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 5:37 AM

The latest greatest swindlers in the cybercrime racket know you're onto their digital three-card monte, and they've made a few adjustments, putting yet another wrinkle in the corporate-hacking game by targeting top-level employees for major profits.

These hackers appear to be based in North America or Western Europe, and they...

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I Ate Thanksgiving Dinner With My Identity Thief for 19 Years

(16) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Nineteen a minute: That's how quickly people become identity theft victims in the U.S. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10 and 16 million Americans are defrauded each year in this way. Thanksgiving can be an awkward time of year for some victims, since family members account for more...

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73,000 Webcams Are Open to Peeping Toms -- Is Yours?

(12) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:34 AM

If the past year has taught consumers anything, it's that identity thieves, fraudsters and scammers are on the prowl, going after any information they can use to make a buck. But the intrusions don't stop there.

If the thought of being the unwitting star of your own prime time...

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The Holiday Shopping Danger You Won't See Coming

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 7:31 AM

Around this time last year, cybercrime went mainstream with Target's announcement that the credit and debit card accounts of 40 million shoppers were nabbed during the height of the holiday shopping season. Worse, the personally identifiable information of 70...

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It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it's not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunities for them to fall into the wrong hands.

Whether...

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Here's How the New Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards Could Be DOA

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 9:10 AM

A recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It's not shocking. Consumers are becoming more educated on the topic, and financial institutions are beginning to do more to combat fraud, including introducing new types...

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This Election Year's Darwin Award Goes to the Folks Behind This Political Mailer

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out his Social Security number to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there's no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually...

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A Free Retina Scan with Your Next Purchase?

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Increasingly, legions of sophisticated hackers are infiltrating the most state-of-the-art data security strategies out there. The recent data compromises at Kmart and JPMorgan are in no way similar, except they share a common enemy. And while free retina scanners are probably a stretch, biometrics -- the use of your biological...

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The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 7:47 AM

The olive branch after the deluge of news about the JPMorgan data breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of 83 million customers was that no bank account information, or more sensitive personal information like Social Security numbers, had been compromised. What got lost in that torrent of stories was...

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How Your Job Search Could Threaten Your Identity

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:26 AM

You finally landed a great job. Whether you were a new graduate, or among the long-term unemployed or under-employed, you put yourself out there and made it happen. But let's say that you flipped a few stones on the job market that were best left unturned, and you got scammed...

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iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

(8) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 7:44 AM

My phone is at rest on my desk, charging. I've enabled the new "Hey Siri" feature, which was part of the iOS 8 update. Now, the famous concierge feature that offers the world at the touch of a button is always-already on, listening (as long as it is plugged in)....

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It's Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:03 PM

The breach at Home Depot is only the most recent in a torrent of high-profile data compromises. Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to...

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3 Ways Your Kids Can Get You Hacked

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 7:37 AM

Last month a story in the Wall Street Journal sent a shudder down our collective parental spine. Google is planning to open Gmail and YouTube to kids under the age of 13. While the company will restrict this king's ransom of new clicks to kid-friendly content, hackers could...

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Are Those Security Questions Begging You to Lie?

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 7:53 AM

The hack that created millions of morally challenged voyeurs -- and, depending upon which celebrity they downloaded, child sex offenders -- also provided us with a teachable moment. It exposed the use of security questions in online authentication as a quaint artifact of an antiquated Internet...

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5 Reasons Not to Look for Those Nude Celebrity Photos

(5) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 9:07 AM

A not-so funny thing happened to the Internet over Labor Day weekend. It was nearly trampled to death in a " href="http://blog.credit.com/2014/09/celebrity-nude-photo-scam-94634/?utm_source=HuffPo&utm_medium=content&utm_content=IB_1&utm_campaign=search_celebrity_photos">digital stampede for nude celebrity photos including pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Rihanna and others....

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4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 9:28 AM

You've watched enough Tarantino to know you should only bring a knife to a gunfight if you're Uma Thurman. Bringing a debit card to a bar is like the proverbial knife at a gunfight: a shoot-ready script for getting killed by the bill.

Bar = party, but you don't want...

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