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Safeguarding Your Parents’ Identities This Fall

Safeguarding Your Parents’ Identities This Fall

By Personal Finance Expert and LifeLock Educational Advisor Jean Chatzky, with Hayden Field

Now that projects have kicked back into high gear after “summer mode,” fall is in full swing. It’s a good time to check in with your parents — and to help them safeguard their identities as we transition into preparation for the upcoming holiday season.

Here’s why: The number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network. And more digital-savvy kids — especially members of the sandwich generation — can do their part to keep that number from going higher by helping their parents protect themselves online.

Be CyberAware: June Is Internet Safety Month

Be CyberAware: June Is Internet Safety Month

By Eva Velasquez, CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center

June is finally here, and it’s a jam-packed time when school years around the country come to an end, graduates move on to the next phase, vacation travel increases, and much more. Interestingly, all of the things that make June such an exciting month can also make it very dangerous for your finances and your identity, all thanks to internet crimes.

Memorial Day Sale? Read This Before Entering That Hot Promo Code.

Memorial Day Sale? Read This Before Entering That Hot Promo Code.

Saldi.

It’s Italian. It means “sale.” Twice a year, Italian retailers drop their prices. And I mean drop. Thirty, fifty, seventy percent off. I learned the word when I studied abroad in college. Really, if you weren’t buying when the saldi sign was in the window, you were definitely paying too much. And when in Rome…

Password Rage, It’s a Thing

Password Rage, It’s a Thing

Given the frequency with which we’re all asked to create, change, remember and — of course — use passwords these days, I suppose it was only inevitable that password rage (think road rage when you forget a password) would become “a thing.” Results of a survey by Centrify, a U.K. password management firm, showed that 25 percent of people forget their passwords at least once daily — and that password rage may lead to yelling, crying and yes, tantrum-throwing.

All of which is to say: It’s completely understandable if, upon losing, forgetting or being told to change one of your dozens of passwords, you want to call it a day and stop. That’s very likely a mistake, says LifeLock Security Communications Director Joe Gervais. (You may remember Joe from earlier columns; when he’s not doing his day job, he hangs out in hacking forums and attends hacking conventions, though he only utilizes his hacking skills for good. We like to imagine him at a computer — wearing a cape.)

How to Make Passwords Less Annoying

How to Make Passwords Less Annoying

Let’s be honest, passwords are really annoying. Choose a secure password. Change your passwords again. Use more passwords. Enough already, right? The fact is that we’re stuck using passwords because the internet wasn’t designed to be secure.

It was a great idea 50 years ago as a way to move a lot of data between a few research centers. Fast forward several decades, suddenly the World Wide Web is being used for online banking, accessing medical records, storing sensitive selfies in “the Cloud,” you name it. Security was an afterthought, and passwords are part of the solution. Now we’re all stuck having to use them.