UnLocked Countdown: Our Top 5 Identity Theft Posts of 2016

UnLocked Countdown: Our Top 5 Identity Theft Posts of 2016

Two of our top 5 identity theft posts this year have a common topic. Want to guess what it is? Here’s a hint: 1,000,000,000.

Yes, it’s the Yahoo email account breaches, including the most recent news that someone had stolen information associated with more than one billion user accounts.

Number 5
But let’s start at the fifth most-read post. (We covered numbers ten through six earlier this week.) And it’s a solid topic—your family’s internet safety. We can thank our partner friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center, which provided the post. In it, they note one reason why family internet safety is important—a report that some 75% of US preschoolers have access to a mobile device. Game on, parents!

Tax fraud, of course!
At number four, information to help you avoid tax fraud. That sounds like a good idea, huh? And very topical given that—spoiler alert!—income tax season is almost upon us again. Tax thieves have been amazingly active in recent years, so it pays to pay attention, so that you’re the one that receives your refund. Oh, and even if you don’t have a refund coming, tax thieves don’t care. They make up the income numbers anyway and need only your Social Security number to do their dirty work—creating a mess for you to work through.

Okay, time for Yahoo—which landed spots three and two in our top-five list. At the three spot was our “one billion accounts exposed” post of earlier this month, while number two was September’s news of a Yahoo data breach that may have exposed 500 million user accounts. According to the New York Times, the two attacks are the largest known security breaches of one company’s computer network. If you’re wondering why an email breach is a big deal, check out this quick video from LifeLock Cybersecurity Expert Joe Gervais.

And now, drumroll please…

Our colleague Jeff Rutledge took a trip to Europe earlier this year and brought back the most-read UnLocked post of 2016—on fraudulent credit card charges. They’re a nuisance to deal with, even if you’re not on the hook for paying them. To avoid paying, you have to report them. That’s why we regularly remind UnLocked readers to review their financial statements, looking for any unfamiliar transactions.

There you have it. Thanks for playing along—and for reading LifeLock UnLocked this year. We’ll be back next week/year with more—sooner, of course, if more big identity theft news comes along.

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Posted by Cory Warren, editor

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