Identity Thieves Target ATMs
by Aleshia Altizer
The ID Theft Prevention Institute is a professional center for the development of policies at the federal, state, local, & corporate levels that will better protect globally against identity threats. The Institute develops innovative tools for educating employers and employees on safe handling of sensitive information. Research partially funded by NSF and Iowa State University Information Assurance Center. Co-Directors Dr. Steffen Schmidt and Michael McCoy
by Aleshia Altizer
By Aleshia Altizer
Forbes recently posted an article warning about the risks of identity theft this tax season. W-2s and other tax forms being mailed out this month will contain information like income, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers: Valuable information that can lead to identity theft if intercepted by thieves.
The article lists some important steps that consumers can take to make sure their tax forms arrive safely:
A quick Google search, shows that mailbox thefts are ongoing in many states, so stay vigilant to ensure your information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
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Aleshia Altizer is a Corporate Writer at Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Pre-Paid Legal's signature products, including the Life Events Legal Plan and Identity Theft Shield, serve more than 1.5 million families in North America.
By Stacy Whelchel
Caution is always the key to safe surfing. If something seems suspicious, avoid it and take precautions to safeguard all your confidential information, both online and during in person interactions.
It’s one thing to hope that these predictions don’t come true; it’s quite another to ignore the warnings and not take steps to protect your identity and leave the door wide open for cyber criminals.
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Stacy Whelchel is a Corporate Writer at Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Pre-Paid Legal's signature products, including the Life Events Legal Plan and Identity Theft Shield, serve more than 1.5 million families in North America.
The reason: Cybergangs have inundated the Internet with "banking Trojans" — malicious programs that enable them to surreptitiously access and manipulate online accounts. A dedicated PC that's never used for e-mail or Web browsing is much less likely to encounter a banking Trojan."