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Here’s How to Protect Yourself from Frauds, Scams and Cyberthreats

Posted by Maria Porto on Jul 8, 2016 11:21:42 AM

Do you type in your mother’s maiden name when prompted by an Internet security feature? Stop that! If identity thieves learn that name, they have an intimate piece of information about you that can possibly help them break into your accounts. Plan to use a fake name when asked. This is just one of the things that I learned reading the latest Hanscom Federal Credit Union blog, 29 Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

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Topics: Cyber Security

Don’t Let Identity Theft Ruin Your Holidays

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 11, 2013 4:00:00 PM

You’re busy during the holiday season – shopping, decorating, and baking – and may be less cautious than normal about your financial information. Identity thieves know this and are just waiting to take advantage of you.

In addition to plain old wallet snatching, there are lots of digital ways thieves may try to access your information. You’ve probably heard or phishing (fraudulent email), but now you also have be on the lookout for vishing (voice mail) and smishing (text message) attempts to gain access to your sensitive information. Each is designed to get you to reveal your account numbers, passwords, social security number, and credit card numbers. Thieves are very clever so you need to be extra careful, especially during the holidays.

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Topics: Money Management, Cyber Security

5 Tips for staying safe while shopping online this holiday season

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 6, 2012 2:45:00 PM

On-line retailers are bracing themselves to accommodate expected record sales this year. Many of us have already begun our on-line shopping while others plan to start this week in order to assure on time delivery without having to pay ridiculous shipping costs.

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Topics: Cyber Security

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