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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.

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:

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.

Bad Passwords. Look Familiar?

Bad Passwords. Look Familiar?

Do you know bad passwords when you see them? What’s the worst you can think of? Maybe it’s one of these:

  • 123456
  • 123456789
  • qwerty
  • 12345678
  • 111111

Pretty bad, huh? Also, pretty popular.

It’s Not Too Late to Start the New Year with Healthy Identity Resolutions

It’s Not Too Late to Start the New Year with Healthy Identity Resolutions

The start of another year is always a time of hope and reflection. It’s why people bother to make New Year’s resolutions: This is the year I start saving for retirement, this is the year I finally lose weight, this is the year I go after the career I’ve always wanted, this is the year I find my soulmate. While some resolutions might seem more like dreams than decisions, healthy identity resolutions are not only good for you, they’re certainly within reach.