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Adam Levin
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 and serves as a spokesperson for both companies.

Entries by Adam Levin

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

(10) 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.


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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="">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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Can One of These Obsessions Get You Scammed?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:33 AM

We all have our areas of interest -- make that obsession -- and when something related to them crops up online, we can be instantly transformed into monster click machines. The problem here: Many of those clicks can either lead to your victimization or becoming an unwitting co-conspirator in cybercrime.

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Name Scams: 3 Ways You Can Get Got

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Your personally identifiable information (PII) is all around you, and much of it is impossible to protect. While your driver's license and Social Security numbers are a significant part of the equation, you can take certain protective measures to keep those from...

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The Hidden Dangers in Your Kid's Backpack

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Whether you're scanning the surf to protect your little ones from a rogue jellyfish, lazing at home on a stay-cation or carting kids to camp, you're probably already thinking about your back-to-school to-do lists.

While you're out there searching for the perfect backpack for your child, the more important consideration...

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How Much Do You Know about Protecting Your Identity? (Quiz)

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The first step when it comes to identity theft is admitting you have a problem. Knowing your ID IQ is a good place to start.

You've probably seen those red-and-white buttons that warble when swatted, "That was easy!" However, on the battlefield of identity theft awareness, nothing is easy....

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At 3 Years Old, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gives Americans a Soapbox

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:16 AM

America's newest federal agency just turned 3 years old, and it continues to be the preferred punching bag for everyone from the American Bankers Association to politicians like Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who once famously and proudly proclaimed that, "Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks." The...

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5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:36 AM

If you're a parent, summertime can mean trips to the beach (along with parking fees, ice cream runs, boardwalk arcade games, funnel cakes, cotton candy, gaily painted hermit crabs, etc.), setting up camp on some far-away stunning vista (and all the must-have sundries and amenities) and, of course, hours of...

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