5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Phishing

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Phishing

Phishing is an online scam designed to mislead you into thinking you are interacting with a credible source in an attempt to gain access to your personal information or download malware onto your device. Cybercriminals create fake emails and websites that look nearly identical to the real thing. However, these are designed to collect your account login credentials, financial data, or other personal information. You can help protect yourself from phishing attempts by understanding what to look for and knowing what to do if a suspicious email or link comes your way.

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6 Things to Do to Find Your Lost or Stolen Wallet

6 Things to Do to Find Your Lost or Stolen Wallet

Losing your wallet can be extremely nerve-wracking. In fact, a lost wallet can inflict heavy damage, ranging from a loss of hundreds of dollars to identity fraud. But we understand--accidents are inevitable, so when you do lose your wallet, we want you to be equipped to deal with the situation. Here are several things you can do:

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Target Credit Card Breach: Over 40M Customers At Risk

With last minute Christmas shoppers filling stores across the country this week, Target--the second largest American discount retailer--shared some terrifying news. Target announced yesterday that between November 27 and December 15, the company encountered a serious data theft affecting around 40 million debit card and credits. The sensitive data at risk includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and CVV codes.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Finding Love Online

With the massive growth of the Internet, the way individuals in the 21st century meet their future spouses has completely changed. The expansive nature of the Internet allows people to search far and wide for the love of their lives. However, with movies and TV shows like MTV's Catfish revealing the many dark sides to online dating, it's clear that finding love online can lead to potential scams. To make sure your love life remains healthy and happy, PeopleSmart has outlined some do's and don'ts for online dating.

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Why Health and Medical Privacy Matters

Medical identity fraud can occur when information is stolen from patient medical records. By gaining access to these documents, thieves use other people's names, birthdays and social security numbers as their own. PeopleSmart has created a quick reference answering the most common questions about medical privacy to keep you informed.

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4 Privacy Tactics Identity Thieves Hope You Will Ignore

It's no secret that the damage caused by a single identity fraud event can take years to fix. Many consumers don't even discover they have been affected until months after the attack occurs. In fact, identity fraud is the fastest growing crime in the US, costing billions of dollars annually. The Federal Trade Commission reports that these financial crimes have been their most reported consumer threat for the past 12 years in a row!

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Shop But Don’t Drop On Cyber Monday

In 2012, the average household spent $1,465 on Cyber Monday alone. That's a lot of online shopping. With so many web-based transactions, your personal information can easily get lost in the chaos. As you buy gifts for friends and family, make sure your credit card number doesn't get in the wrong hands. Follow these simple tips for safe online shopping.

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Identity Theft - It May Have Already Happened to You!

When Nikki G. was 17, she volunteered to donate blood at her high school's Red Cross Blood Drive. When she presented her Social Security Number (SSN), which was required for blood donation profiles at the time, she was baffled when the volunteer stated that she was not eligible to donate. Since she was a minor, they couldn't even tell her why; her mom or dad would have to speak with Red Cross to find that out. She went back to class disturbed and worried about what might be amiss.

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Everything You Need To Know About Phishing Scams

Cybercrime has evolved into a complex science that affects millions of victims daily, and almost every user of technology is susceptible to becoming a victim. One common form of online fraud is phishing. While awareness around phishing is slowly rising, there is still a lot to be learned. In order to help you understand what phishing is, PeopleSmart has created a fact sheet for you to use as a resource so you can better protect yourself from online danger.

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