Archive for the 'Identity Theft' Category

Share a hyperlink, go to prison?

Don’t look now, but there’s a crime wave surging across the Webbernets. Everywhere you look people are recklessly sharing dangerous and illegal hyperlinks. Lock up your children, barricade the doors and windows, throttle your broadband connection, and pray that the FBI gets to these scofflaws in time.  Am I being a bit too sarcastic? Maybe. […]

Passwords suck. Here’s what you can (and can’t) do about it

Last June, 6.5 million Linked-In passwords were stolen by hackers and posted online. eHarmony lost 1.5 million passwords; Yahoo Voice another 450,000. Among the most common passwords used: 123456, welcome, and the ever popular “password.” The problem isn’t that these sites should have done a better job protecting user data (though they should have). It’s […]

Beyond the Norm: Coleman’s data leak disaster

It’s been a bad week for fans of Norm Coleman, the former Minnesota senator who lost a whisker-thin election to ex-Saturday Night Live comic/Air America radio host/Mad Magazine contributor Al Franken. (Technically, Coleman is still fighting a recount battle, and may still be fighting it six years from now when the seat comes back up […]

Medical Identity Theft Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

When your medical identity is stolen, you may experience pain both fiscal and physical. Here’s how to avoid becoming a victim and recover quickly if you do. A version of this story appears in the October issue of Women’s Health, which you can find online here, along with a strangely tongue-in-cheek photo (pun intended). What […]

A New Prescription for Personal Health

Services like Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault are the best thing to hit medicine since the oral thermometer I hate clipboards. Not all clipboards, mind you, just the ones I’m invariably handed every time I go to a new doctor’s office. If I have to fill out one more paper form listing my name, address, […]

Identity theft: fact, fiction, and the funny papers

Phishing scams are no laughing matter. But when a tax-payer funded group tackles the topic in comic book about identity theft, unintentional humor prevails. Cringely has the dirt.

Geek Week: Apple fans want 3G now, iPhones get ‘wow’ed

(This entry originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) Slouching toward Cupertino. It’s not every day the Second Coming gives you advance notice, but the resurrection of the Jesus Phone — in 3G, for the first time ever! — is now (unofficially) slated for June 9. Or so says gadget blog Gizmodo, quoting […]

DIY Identity-Theft Protection: A 12-Step Program

(This post originally appeared on You don’t have to spend $100 to $200 a year to defend yourself from identity theft at the level of protection that a paid service offers. You can do almost everything the services do, for free. But following these steps will require time and effort. Get a free copy […]

ID Theft Protection: Who Can You Trust?

New online services offer to protect you from identity theft, and some claim to help you undo damage after it happens. But when we tested the services, we found that many fall short. (This story originally appeared in the June 2008 issue of PC World magazine.) by Dan Tynan You can’t open a newspaper or […]

Five Ways to Watch Your Back On the Net

(A version of this story originally appeared on by Dan Tynan It’s not what other people think of you that matters. It’s what they can find out about you on the Web that will affect your ability to get a job or promotion, rent an apartment, buy a house, get into the school of […]

Your Identity Has Been Stolen — Now What?

(Originally published in the February 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.) by Dan Tynan   Contact your police precinct as soon as possible to file a report; you will need this as proof for creditors that your claim is legitimate. Get your credit reports and scour them for anything suspicious. By law, everyone is entitled […]

10 Ways to Thwart Identity Thieves

(Originally published in the February 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.) How to Thwart ID Thieves   Never keep your Social Security Number in your wallet. Refuse to share your SSN, date of birth, or mother’s maiden name with any entity other than your employer, bank, insurance company, or the IRS. When other parties ask […]

Three Myths about Identity Theft and Families

(Originally published in the February 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.)   Myth #1: You should order credit reports on your kids, just to be safe. Not necessarily, says Linda Foley, executive director of the Identity Theft Resource Center. Request a report only if you have reason to believe your child’s identity has been stolen […]

Identity Crisis: Protecting Your Family From Identity Theft

(A slightly different version of this article appeared in the February 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.) Zach Friesen was 7 years old when his identity was stolen. But he didn’t find out about it until ten years later, when the Colorado teenager applied for a job as a stock clerk. A standard background check […]