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Online Romance: Plenty of Fish in the Sea or Swimming in Dangerous Waters?

Online Romance: Plenty of Fish in the Sea or Swimming in Dangerous Waters?

Valentine’s Day may be over, but romance scams are not. And there’s no wonder why: Online dating is no longer seen as a last ditch attempt at love. It’s grown into a $1.75 billion a year industry, one that has risen to include more than 49 million participants in the US alone.

Even more encouraging, recent data from Pew Research Center shows that attitudes about online dating—both from people who’ve tried it and people who haven’t—are shifting, giving the process a much more valid public perception.

The Lowdown on Public Wi-Fi

The Lowdown on Public Wi-Fi

I am writing this from an airplane. Often, when I hop on a plane—particularly for a long flight—I wait for the ascent to 10,000 feet and immediately jump onto public Wi-Fi, just as I do in coffee shops, the dentist’s office, and pretty much anywhere else I can grab a signal. But that was before I spent an hour chatting with Joe Gervais, director of security communications at LifeLock, and part-time hacker (though Gervais points out, he hacks “only for good”). The point of the conversation was to figure out when it’s okay to use public Wi-Fi, when it’s not, and what you can do instead. Here’s what I learned:

The LifeLock App Has Your Back…In Your Pocket

The LifeLock App Has Your Back…In Your Pocket

If you’ve ever applied for a mortgage loan, you know how stressful it can be. Finding a lender offering the interest rate and terms you want isn’t nearly enough. You also have to gather document after document to prove that you are who you say you are. This all came back to me recently when I refinanced my mortgage. The process was painstakingly tedious. This time, though, I had the LifeLock app — and it had my back.

4 Types of Identity Fraud on the Upswing

4 Types of Identity Fraud on the Upswing

If you thought that the promising (albeit modest) drop in the total dollars stolen by identity thieves in 2015 was a harbinger of things to come, think again. According to the just released 2017 Identity Fraud Study from Javelin Research, the number of victims of this crime—in all its permutations—climbed to a record high of 15.4 million last year. And, despite the fact that the average amount per fraud went down, the total cost topped $16 billion, also an all-time high. What does that say about efforts to rein in identity thieves? “We’ve gotten pretty good at closing the door once the horse has left the barn,” says Al Pascual, Javelin senior vice president and head of fraud and security. But we need work when it comes to “barring the door” to begin with.

Online Dating, Identity Theft and Valentine’s Day

Online Dating, Identity Theft and Valentine’s Day

We’re waiting longer to marry, but that doesn’t mean we’re not looking for love—and more of us are doing so online. The Pew Research Center says the median age for a first marriage in this country reached its highest point on record last year—29.5 years for men and 27.4 years for women. Pew also reports that a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.