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- HSBC Mortgage Customers’ Personal Information Stolen – and Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent it From Happening to You
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- Google App Bug Exposes Users’ Personal Information
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Identity theft is a crime that can be perpetrated using low-tech methods such as dumpster diving or much more tech-savvy means including phishing e-mails, skimming devices and malicious software known as malware. There were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S. in 2012. Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year.
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- Cases Piling Up of Baby Monitors Being Hacked
- Increasing Number of Young Children Prey to Identity Thieves
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- How to Protect Your Identity When Buying a House
- How to Keep Your Tax Refund From Getting Stolen
A data breach occurs when confidential information, like your Social Security number, credit card number or health information, is exposed or accessed by an unauthorized person. Studies show that individuals who receive a data breach notification letter are more than four times as likely to become victims of identity theft.
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