The more breaches consumers go through without experiencing any direct and tangible financial consequences, the less likely they are to care or worry about the next breach, or the next one, or the one after that, to the point that data breaches won't even be news to anyone anymore. And that could result in huge risks all around.
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 data like fingerprints -- may well be the next "less hackable" thing.
Let's look at the most prevalent (often least true) claims and go over some ways that you can make them more truth than fiction.
It's becoming a war out there. You have to stay on top of your money and finances every minute of the day. Consider a few of these ideas to make it a bit easier to guard against future credit and debit breaches.
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It is the growth in our online shopping habits and preference to use plastic over cash that have increased our vulnerability to identity theft.
Last year's Target breach has cost the company more than $148 million dollars. Just last month, Home Depot announced another major breach. There are a few simple things that consumers can do to get started and protect their purchases from these types of breaches.
It's much easier for a fraudster to tap into a time in everyone's life when they're much more willing to hand over buckets of information about themselves to perfect strangers without a second thought -- and a job hunt is that perfect identity theft storm.
That little thing that you stick in your computer to store or transfer data can also mean very bad news.
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Cybercrime is a massive multinational industry that regularly makes many attempts to breach major institutions. Why so many of those efforts have been succeeding lately, on such a large scale, is due partly to how smart an organization needs to be to defend against them.
Home Depot hasn't really told us much about their data breach so far, and for that, I say shame on them. One of the few things they did share though, and quite categorically, is that no debit card PINs were exposed in the breach.
By now you've heard that Jennifer Lawrence's (and other celebs') cellphone nude pictures were leaked out, but how in the heck did the hacker pull this off? Tech experts believe it was through the "Find My iPhone" app.
What are these "botnets" you keep hearing about? Botnets (think roBOT + NETwork--gets you "BOTNET") are a network of secretly compromised, run-of-the-mill home and office computers that have malicious software--controlled by a solitary hacker or cybercrime ring.
It's pretty easy to believe that because you are young and not in the "real world" yet that you are immune to identity theft or credit card fraud. But crime isn't so choosy about age.