Email addresses are like opinions--nearly everyone has one. It is the most public piece of personal information you have besides your name. But what you may not know about your email address could hurt you.
Identity theft was the number one consumer complaint at the Federal Trade Commission last year. So far in 2015, the data breach problem that drives so many identity-related crimes has gotten worse. The massive compromises at Anthem and Premera alone put a combined 91 million records in harm's way.
If you're presented with a document, such as a contract or an agreement, and you don't fully understand it, don't sign it.
More than 30% of identity theft cases involve a family member or close friend. The reason is simple: access.
The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another 11 million Americans' SSNs. The question now: Why are we still using Social Security numbers to identify taxpayers?
Although there is no foolproof way to prevent identity theft or other security risks, cutting down on the amount of easy-to-change mistakes you make on a daily basis can help make you less of a target.
It all started as a practical joke, just because I realized that @therealrondo was not taken yet on Twitter. But it quickly snowballed. My original concept for the joke was simple: to build up as many followers in your name as possible and then make a crazy announcement.
It's no surprise that Illinois consumers expressed identity theft as their No. 2 complaint, right behind debt, according to the state attorney general's office.
Take your driver's license out of your wallet. Flip it over. Now look carefully at the back of it. There's no box to check for "Identity Donor." Yet when it comes to identity-related crimes, one of the greatest times of vulnerability is immediately after you die.
I promise you, generals have more things to do with their time, especially while overseas, than find a love interest back home. So stick to a few golden rules if ever one of these military Romeos comes a knockin':
Identity theft is a growing threat throughout the world. Thieves continue to create more advanced, sophisticated and unpredictable methods to steal valuable personal information. In 2012 alone, 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. The risk is real, and everyone is a target.
Marc Goodman is a one-man Geek Squad who began his law enforcement career as a beat cop in Los Angeles and became the departmental computer expert. With a nose for wrongdoing and digital aptitude, Marc has served as the FBI's Futurist in Residence, Interpol advisor, lecturer and now author.
The refund process as it stands now makes sense only as the quaint relic of simpler times. It's the epitome of an analog approach getting trounced by our digital reality. Not to put too fine a point on it, I believe look-back compliance should go the way of the horse and buggy.
Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)?
There's now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete.
In each of these instances, we leave ourselves vulnerable to those who consider the theft of our identity as their day job. We are also contributing our personal data to folks who are hoping to someday launch the equivalent of a denial of service attack on our economy to take us down.