I found out awhile ago that a favorite password had been compromised in a data breach. Yes, I'm hanging in my head in shame because I know now that I shouldn't have a favorite password. But I did, and my punishment was a few hours of my time spent changing all of my passwords to reduce the risk of being hacked in the future. (If you're wondering why it's a bad idea to reuse passwords, it's because once a hacker knows a password, they'll use it to try to break into other accounts you own.)
Active duty military and National Guard members take note: effective October 31, the three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — will provide you with free electronic credit monitoring services to help you spot and combat identity theft.
The voice on the other end of the line informs you they're a "security officer" at your credit union, and they want you to confirm some suspicious transactions on your account.
Sounds fishy? It's not just fishy, it's a form of vishing (or sometimes called vhishing, short for voice-based phishing) and we've been informed that fraudsters are using this phone scam to steal money from members and customers of other financial institutions. Here's how the scam plays out, what you should watch out for, and what you should do if one of these scammers gets your personal information.
It’s a shocking experience thousands of parents have endured the past few years: finding out someone else has been using their child’s identity. It’s heartbreaking to think of a young person trying to start out in life already tarnished by unwarranted black marks. To guard against a future of frustration for your child, take the following kid-specific identity theft prevention measures.
My day fell apart in front of the iced coffee machine at my neighborhood convenience store. I had pulled out an extra-large cup, filled it with ice cubes, and then mixed the iced coffee and milk in my traditional equal portions. I could practically taste the cold brew, and the long, refreshing gulp that would ward off the already rising morning temperatures. But first I needed money to pay for my treat. And that’s when I realized: I had no money because I had no wallet.
Earlier this week Equifax settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 U.S. states and territories, agreeing to pay out up to $425 million to consumers whose personal information was exposed during their data breach. Approximately 147 million people were affected by this breach, so if you were one of them, here's what to do:
Identity theft is something we all have to take precautions against. Approximately 1 in 15 Americans experience some type of identity theft each year.* The most vulnerable of us are the elderly who may not have the knowledge of how to protect against identity theft in an ever-increasing electronic world.
Scams targeting older adults are on the rise. It's a nearly $40 billion industry, and as thieves conjure up new schemes and technology grows at light-speed, the number of scams is likely to increase exponentially. In the face of such growth, how can you protect yourself or older family members from becoming victims to crooks?
Wouldn’t you like to know immediately if someone if trying to tap into your home equity line? You can when you set alerts through Online Access HD on your Hanscom FCU accounts. The alerts will appear by email, text, or phone to let you know, and in seconds, you'll be aware if someone is attempting to guess your login ID or if an invalid password has been submitted.
Do you keep your many passwords in a computer file labeled “passwords”? Do you type in your mother’s maiden name when asked by a security feature? Do you like to do your online holiday shopping while sipping coffee at Panera? If you answered yes to any of these, it is time to update your habits.