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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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iOS 8 Wants to Get to Know You Better

(8) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:44 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 | 10:03 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 | 6:37 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 | 6:53 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 | 8:07 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 | 8:28 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 | 7:33 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 | 8:46 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 | 7:55 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 | 6:07 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 | 10:16 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 | 8:36 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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How to Fraud-proof Your Home

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Summer is here. There will be barbecues. Sand will find its way into the strangest places. Your family, extended family, kids' friends and friends of friends -- even complete strangers -- will sail in and out of your home. But that's okay, because you've fraud-proofed your house... right?

Identity theft...

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Shred, White and Blue: Freedom From Identity Theft?

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:08 AM

It's finally here. You've been saving up for months. This is your day. You are the Master of the Data Security Universe, Ms. Never-Gonna-Happen-To-Me, Captain Try-Personally-Identifying-This. And you're going to... a Shred-a-Thon!

Yes, it's that time of the year when friends and neighbors gather in the haze of grilling hot...

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9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 8:44 AM

A new survey conducted by Bankrate.com reported that a quarter of Americans had no savings to weather financial hard times. It didn't matter if the respondents were relatively higher earners: Folks are spending pretty much what they make. Impulse purchases are definitely a culprit here, along with the...

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Could an Adopt-a-Loan Program Take a Bite Out of Student Debt?

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 7:57 AM

The private sector adopts all sorts of things -- highways, parks, medians, pets, pet projects -- so why not student loans? With the right tax incentives, an Adopt-a-Loan program could help ease the current financial quagmire of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.

Earlier this week, Starbucks announced a plan...

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After the Big Data Breach, Has Target Learned Its Lesson?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Peter Drucker, considered by some to be "the man who invented management," usually gets credit for the phrase, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." Target's woes following its historic data breach last November proves how true it is.

It seems...

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This Government Database Could Know Almost Everything About You

(8) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Millions of Americans may soon become part of an expanded government database that would give two federal regulatory agencies an up-close and personal (perhaps too up-close and personal) view of their private financial lives that, if breached, could make for a really bad day for a whole lot of people.

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Cybercriminals Have Your Number, But Which One?

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:28 PM

The Star Wars Cantina of cybercriminals targeting your identity, health care, finances and privacy today might seem like a movie you've seen so many times you could lip sync the entire thing. Nevertheless, cybercrime and identity-related scams change faster than trending hashtags on Twitter, and the fact is nobody knows...

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4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 6:02 AM

As new graduates climb down from the ivory tower (diploma in hand), many will be facing "real world" transactions for the first time, and they are at risk. Identity-related crimes, bad deals and credit score pitfalls pockmark the road ahead. And for those new grads who are thinking, "It can't...

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