Data Breaches: A Guide to Reducing Impact

Overwhelmed by what feels like constant news of data breaches? With headline after headline about companies being breached, it’s easy to feel like it’s out of our control. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know how you can protect your information from cyber attacks like the ones we’re always hearing about. But how do you accomplish that without stopping Internet use altogether? Although there is no way to prevent a breach entirely, there are plenty of best practices you can employ to significantly reduce their impact.

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New Ways to Prevent Identity Theft During the Holiday Season

It's too easy to tune out advice about new ways to prevent identity theft and other threats to your personal information, even as the holiday shopping season gets into full swing. That seems like someone else's problem.

But if you feel that way, then check out this video, taken last month in Sacramento, Calif. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office was looking for two men caught on security cameras trying to withdraw money from stolen accounts.

That could be your money.

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Freezing Credit Will Now Be Free. Here's Why You Should Do It.

Consumers will soon be able to freeze their credit files without charge. So if you have not yet frozen your files — a recommended step to foil identity theft — now is a good time to take action, consumer advocates say.

Security freezes, often called credit freezes, are “absolutely” the best way to prevent criminals from using your personal information to open new accounts in your name, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy nonprofit group.

Free freezes, which will be available next Friday, were required as part of broader financial legislation signed in May by President Trump.

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The Newest Way to Beat the Password Paradox

It’s time to refresh your sense of what makes a password safe. Some of the old standards for passwords are changing, and rules you have been following for years may not be keeping your accounts secure any more. Learn the new password rules now, before the hackers break in.

Do all of your passwords contain special numbers and characters? Do you change them every 90 days? Chances are you’ve been following this password advice for many years—but it may not be keeping your accounts safe anymore.

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How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Massive computer hacks and data breaches are now common occurrences — an unfortunate consequence of living in a digital world. Once identity thieves have your information, they can use it to gain access to your bank and credit card accounts, make unauthorized transactions in your name, and subsequently ruin your credit.

Now more than ever, it's important to safeguard yourself against identity theft. Here are some steps you can take to protect your personal and financial information.

 

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What happens to our stolen information after a cyber breach?

After a cyber breach, we tend to think in terms of what the victim needs to do next. Can any of the stolen data be protected after the fact? What can the victim do to secure confidential information going forward? But for a change, let’s talk about the crime from the cyber thief’s point of view. What does the crook do with our data once he or she has stolen it? 

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