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FICO Credit Score

The FICO credit score is one of the well known credit scoring models in the United States which is used to assess a borrower credit worthiness and credit risk.

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Government Assistance Program Fraud

During times of crisis when governments help businesses and people, identity theft and fraud rise as criminals commit government assistance program fraud.

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Secure Your Mailbox

Regarding identity theft, you should be as concerned about the security of your paper mails in your mailbox as you are about the security of your voicemails.

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Activate Account Alert

You can activate account alert to monitor account activities almost real time and quickly detect potential account fraud.

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Homeowner Identity Theft and Fraud

Homeowners may be far more vulnerable than renters to identity theft and fraud for a wide range of reasons. Read about homeowner Identity theft and fraud.

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Online Child Safety

As our children use the Internet to socialize, they also place themselves at risk. This story illustrates the Internet dangers and discusses online child safety.

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Annual Credit Report

The annual credit report from all three credit reporting agencies can now be obtained for free. Learn how and where you can get yours to detect identity theft.

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Future Trends in Digital Identity Management

Adopting a “zero trust” model is one of the future trends in digital identity management in which insiders and outsiders are treated as equal levels of risk.

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Access Creep

Privilege or access creep is a system security risk which occurs when employees accumulate more access rights than are required to perform their job tasks.

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Federated Identity Management Challenges

By creating one central identity to access all network applications, companies simplify workflows and remove barriers to productivity. However, a unique set of security challenges must be met when using federated identity technologies.

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Hackers Love Poor IAM Strategies

Identity and Access Management (IAM) strategies are designed to protect systems from malicious activities, but new technologies are allowing hackers to launch more sophisticated attacks.

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Managing Vendor Onboarding Challenges

Taking on new suppliers as you grow your business is associated with a unique set of challenges and risks. Partnerships increase the number of people with access to your systems, and managing this access requires diligence when assessing potential security issues.

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The Deep Trouble with Deepfakes

Imagine arriving at work one morning to discover all of your employees have received an important video announcement from you and are scrambling to comply with the instructions it contains. Their responsiveness would be impressive if not for one thing: You never recorded or sent the video, and now you somehow have to undo the resulting damage.

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Identity and Access Management in Cloud Platforms

As more businesses invest in the tools offered by popular cloud platforms, it will be increasingly necessary for businesses and their IT departments to work together on the development of appropriate identity and access management (IAM) policies designed to address the emerging concerns.

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Sarbanes Oxley Access Management Requirements

Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) may necessitate changes in identity and access management (IAM) policies to ensure your company is meeting the requirements related to financial records integrity and reporting.

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Malware Remains Most Popular Attack Method

Malware is still the most popular form of cyberattack and can be used to steal credentials for use in more sophisticated or extensive breaches.

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26 Identity Theft Red Flags

The Red Flags Rule specifically calls out 26 identity theft red flags that companies should consider as part of their identity theft prevention and training programs.

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Call Center Fraud Risks

Incidents of call center fraud are on the rise according to various call center fraud reports. This is partly due to the migration of scammers from online channels, where breaches are becoming more difficult to commit, to the largely unprotected and vulnerable environment of call centers.

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Mitigating Business Identity Theft Risks

Business owners must recognize the growing identity theft threat to their companies, employees and customers and take steps to mitigate the risks and ensure personal data stays out of the hands of malicious third parties.

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Fraud Alert Benefits

With the continued abuse of consumer laws, fraud alert benefits start to diminish and lose their desired purpose and effectiveness.

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Changes to the Credit Report Laws

Recent changes to the credit report laws allow consumers to place freeze their credit reports for FREE and extend the initial fraud alert from 90 days to 1 year.

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Vendor Risk Management

When organizations place their trust in third party service providers to serve them and their customers, they must have adequate vendor risk management practices.

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Automatic Card Reload

Using a store card has many benefits; however, other related options such as automatic card reload of funds may introduce many risks which may not be worth the benefits.

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Social Media Post Dangers

There are serious consequences for revealing your personal information through social media sites. Recent studies have revealed that identity theft is a major problem affecting millions of people across the world.

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Identity Obesity

Identity theft and related issues are caused by identity obesity which occurs when people over-share, over-collect, and mismanage personal information.

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What is Spam?

We all get spam e-mails and it seems that we keep getting more every day. Learn why it's hard to fight spam and what your options are.

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Phishing Scams

We are flooded with fake e-mails, phone calls and mails phishing for our personal information to commit fraud. Learn to detect phishing scams and prevent identity theft.

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Where is My Tax Refund?

Many people who file their taxes and expect a tax refund usually ask themselves “where is my tax refund?” while they impatiently wait for it. Learn how to check your refund status.

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Biometric Authentication

To improve security, many modern businesses are beginning to implement biometric authentication to prevent identity theft.

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Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures are major tools to reduce an organization's risks and as such must be carefully developed for high risk areas of any organization.

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ATM Fraud

It has been reported in a few places that ATM fraud is on the rise and that bank ATMs are the most affected or rather the main contributors of all cash dispenser fraud. This is true, yet misleading.

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Top Annual Resolutions

Our top annual resolutions should be inclusive of critical goals to address risks in our lives including identity theft risks which require behavioral changes.

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Data Security Breach

As we continue to see more data security breach cases, their causes continue to remain almost the same such as un-encrypted devices.

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Trusted Cyberspace Identity Strategy

The trusted cyberspace identity initiative known as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) aims to improve online identification, authentication and privacy.

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Car License Plate Theft

How often car license plates are stolen? How serious is car license plate theft? Is this a crime and what are the penalties for license plate theft? This article answers these questions.

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Tampered Computer Security Products

We can't help but to ask ourselves "how secure are computer security products" when we learn about tampered computer security products that spy on people instead of protecting them.

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Student Identity Theft

According to past identity theft cases, 22% of students were notified that they were a victim of identity theft. Student identity theft is three times as likely as the average fraud victim.

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Yahoo Mail Security

When Yahoo changed the way its users access email, Yahoo mail security moved away from passwords yet left a security hole in the access management process.

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Young Identity Theft Victims

It is reported that young identity theft victims account for the majority of all identity theft victims and there might be good reasons why.

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All About Identity Theft Insurance

Identity theft insurance is a policy on its own or integrated with some other insurance which allows an identity theft victim to recover some of the recovery costs.

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Equifax Data Breach

The Equifax data breach is believed to be the largest of its kind affecting more than half of the US population which lasted from mid-May through July 2017.

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Internal and External Certification

This article describes the basic difference between internal and external certification as it relates to professional development in a simple and concise language.

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Account And Loan Consolidation Benefits

Identity fraud inflicted on existing loan accounts can be reduced with proper account and loan consolidation.

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Red Flag Compliance

Covered financial institutions and creditors must adhere to the Red Flag compliance rules and may be subject to regulatory audits and non-compliance penalties.

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Certified Red Flag Specialist

Identity Management Institute manages the Certified Red Flag Specialist (CRFS) program to train, test and certify professionals responsible for supporting their identity theft prevention program.

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Managing Identity Theft Risks

Managing identity theft risks is a priority for may organizations because identity theft incidents can often have devastating consequences for companies and their customers.

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General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which offers the most comprehensive data protection reform to date in the European Union will soon become effective. Get ready!

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Laptop Disposal Tips

The need to dispose of one's laptop properly is critical because of the sensitive information that could exist on the hard drive. This article offers some laptop disposal tips.

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Educating Kids About Information Security

Educating kids about information security and privacy is one of the best things that parents can do for their children before it's too late.

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