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Don’t Let Spring Break Travel Break Your Family’s Security

Don’t Let Spring Break Travel Break Your Family’s Security

Spring break vacations are the perfect way to recharge your battery and kick-start summer. Whether you plan to hit the ski slopes, dip your toes in the sand, or just take a short road trip, traveling with peace of mind is essential for the ultimate reboot—especially during popular and often hectic travel times like spring break. Unfortunately, the luxury of convenience and ease can also create the perfect scenario for cybercriminals.

The increased usage of public Wi-Fi, credit cards and passports, are a few of the many windows of opportunity that cybercriminals can use to steal your identity while you’re on vacation.

Old Con, New Tricks

Old Con, New Tricks

Your phone rings and you answer it without a thought. Suddenly your day is going in a very different direction. An agent with the IRS is informing you of irregularities in your tax return and is threatening steep fines and legal action unless you sort it all out with them immediately. They ask you to verify your employer’s name, your Social Security number, annual salary, bank account numbers. You frantically gather the information to make this all go away and hope that… Wait a minute. Let’s rewind that and review what just happened.

Digital Spring Cleaning: Time to Dust Off Your Tech

Digital Spring Cleaning: Time to Dust Off Your Tech

Many people don’t necessarily think of household chores as a fun way to spend a weekend, but there’s something refreshing about spring cleaning. There’s a real sense of satisfaction from rolling up your sleeves and dusting off your technology. That’s right, I’m talking about digital spring cleaning.

While cleaning out the gutters or clearing junk out of the attic may be the first thing that comes to mind, don’t forget to clean out your mobile devices and your laptop or desktop computers. Although it can seem like a big job, your digital spring cleaning can be even more important than yard work or home improvements.

Ease Digital Anxiety by Taking Control of Your Data

Ease Digital Anxiety by Taking Control of Your Data

As online security lapses, data breaches, and exposed information via IoT toys and devices continue to make headlines, how do you keep your digital anxiety from pushing you over the edge?

The bad news can be overwhelming, and with new technologies entering our lives every day, the headlines raise the question, Do we have any control over the security of our personal data when using connected devices and services. The good news? You do have control and can safeguard your information. For National Consumer Protection Week, we have some tips on how you can safely take the reins of your digital life.

Credit Card Fraud vs. Identity Theft

Credit Card Fraud vs. Identity Theft

Let’s say you log in to your credit card account to check your balance and spot a recent transaction you don’t recognize. Your immediate reaction may be that you’re a victim of identity theft. Chances are, though, you’re not. Credit card fraud is unsettling and kind of a pain, but it doesn’t mean a thief has stolen your identity.

Here’s what I mean…