identity theft expert: Robert Siciliano Joins ITRC Board of Directors - 10/01/14 12:35 AM
(San Diego, CA:  October 1, 2014) The Identity Theft Resource Center, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to the understanding of identity theft and related issues, announced today that Robert Siciliano, CEO of, will serve on its Board of Directors.  Siciliano, with more than 30 years of experience in this field, will bring his vast knowledge to the ITRC Board and will help to heighten awareness on current trends and pro-active measures consumers and victims can take to protect themselves.

The ITRC, founded in 1999, is a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: Guarantee your Customers’ Identity Protection - 02/02/14 08:42 PM
The AllClear Guarantee is designed to protect a business owner’s customers from identity theft. Your customers are assured:

Six months of automatic protection once they complete their transaction. Each new purchase means extended coverage with any merchant who displays the Guarantee. Protection wherever customers go. Customers are protected by the Guarantee beyond your site, no matter where they go or how ID theft happens. If a customer’s ID is stolen, AllClear will fix everything: restoration of credit report, recovery of financial losses, etc. Zero cost to customers. Participating merchants pay for the Guarantee. These points are extremely important to the … (1 comments)

identity theft expert: Spring Cleaning Your PC - 05/05/12 12:47 AM
If your PC is bogged down with useless software and your desktop is jammed with icons and documents, then your PC is next to useless as a productivity tool. Even scarier is the increased likelihood that if you have lost track of your files, you could easily have sensitive personal information exposed without your knowledge.
Begin by emptying your trash, since these unwanted files are still taking up valuable space on your hard drive, then follow these tips for a cleaner, faster machine:
Organize software: Gather all your software disks and serial numbers, and back them up in two or three … (3 comments)

identity theft expert: Search Engine Doesn’t Need Kids SSN - 03/27/11 09:54 AM
When Google launched Doodle-4-Google, in which children can compete to design Google’s homepage logo, they requested contestants’ Social Security numbers in an effort to prevent duplicate entries.
Americans have become accustomed to handing over the last four digits of their Social Security number as a password or identifier for various accounts and applications. But with the development of new technologies that have cracked the code for the distribution of Social Security numbers, the last four digits have become as sensitive and valuable as the first five.
The coder or marketer at Google who believes it’s reasonable to request the last four … (2 comments)

identity theft expert: Dealing With Daily Digital Surveillance - 03/01/11 04:04 AM
Our everyday activities are being monitored, today, right now, either by self-imposed technology or the ever-present Big Brother.
Traditionally, documenting our existence went like this: You’re born, and you get a medical and a birth record. These documents follow you throughout your life, filed and viewed by many. You must present these records in order to be admitted to a school, to be hired, or to be issued insurance. You get a Social Security number shortly after birth, which serves as your national identification. These nine numbers connect you to every financial, criminal and insurance record that makes up who you … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: 4 Reasons 2011 is the Year to Get Serious About Security - 02/27/11 05:05 PM
Prognosticators are silly. Or that’s how I’ve always viewed them, anyway. They combine past experience with their perspective on current trends to make predictions and pretend to be smarter than you.
Many prognosticators in the financial world have failed miserably, and we’re all paying the price now. Their current excuse is “irrational exuberance.”
But prognostication holds a bit more water these days, thanks to technology that can quantify and collate mass amounts of data to provide an educated guess.
Here’s me being a prognosticator: In 2011, unprecedented security issues will reveal just how vulnerable we are and highlight the flaws in … (3 comments)

identity theft expert: Online Dating Sites a Haven For Criminals - 02/17/11 11:09 AM
I’m weird. I know this because people tell me all the time. They tell me I’m weird because I like to do things that most people don’t. I like to do things that are different, and different usually means weird. One of my little weird things is posing as a woman. Yup. Read on.
I like to expose the flaws in our systems, to find what makes us vulnerable. Much of my “research” (or my “antics,” as some would say) is prompted by my desire to learn more about the scumbags of society, who prey on others.
So I sign up … (3 comments)

identity theft expert: Lost or Stolen Mobile Can Lead to Identity Theft - 02/17/11 10:42 AM
We lose stuff. You put something down, you get distracted, you forget about it and it’s gone. Stuff falls out of pockets and bags all the time. I’m one of those people that’s so smart, I’m stupid and absent minded when it comes to my stuff. Where’s my wallet, where my keys, where’s my phone? After 40+ years I have a system of where I put my stuff, but it’s far from perfect.
At Oktoberfest many smart stupid people lost stuff including 410 wallets, 4 wedding rings, 1 toaster, 1 set of dentures, 1 prosthetic leg and 320 mobile phones. I … (3 comments)

identity theft expert: Shoring Up National Cyber Security Infrastructure - 02/16/11 05:17 AM
The wild, wild web is the most exciting, alluring, and all-around awesome thing available to us today. It’s also something we have come to rely on to a fault. And that’s a little scary. The Internet is a decentralized wilderness, used by billions of devices worldwide.
Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a controversial bill designed to empower the United States to shut down the Internet, explaining, “For all of its user-friendly allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from personal bank accounts to key … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: Survey Shows “Account Takeover Fraud” Drops - 02/14/11 07:21 PM
Account takeover happens when your existing bank or credit card accounts are infiltrated and money is siphoned out. A hacked account or stolen credit card is often to blame.
The drop in account takeover may be due in part to a few different things.
Less breaches. There was a drop in data breaches from 221 million records in 604 breaches during 2009 to 26 million records breached in 404 reported breaches during 2010. Criminal hacker Albert Gonzalez and his gang were responsible for many of those hacked records and he and many of his cohorts are now in jail.
PCI standards. … (1 comments)

identity theft expert: What is New Account Fraud? - 02/11/11 10:22 AM
As long as identity thieves continue to breach databases and steal Social Security numbers, new account fraud will plague the public.
New account fraud refers to financial identity theft in which the victim’s personal identifying information and good credit standing are used to create new accounts, which are then used to obtain products and services. Stolen Social Security numbers are often used to commit new account fraud.
Since the thief typically submits a different mailing address when applying for new accounts, the victim never receives the bills and may remain unaware of their existence until creditors come seeking payment for debts … (3 comments)

identity theft expert: Be Aware Online Daters – Romance Scams & Threats - 02/11/11 10:13 AM
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many single people return to thoughts of finding love online. But while your head is in the online clouds, you should know – and sorry to sound like a parent – that cyberscammers may be there with you looking to take advantage of your vulnerable heart.
To help you stay safe on Valentine’s Day and year-round, here is a look at some of the top romance scams and threats, followed by safety tips in honor of your heart:
1) Online Dating Scams—Millions of people use online dating sites to broaden their networks and meet potential … (1 comments)

identity theft expert: How Does Device Reputation Protect Me? - 02/09/11 02:54 AM
ShareTweet <!-- tweetandlike-container -->Device reputation spots online evildoers by examining the computer, smartphone, or tablet they are using to connect to any website. If a device is recognized as having previously committed some type of unwanted behavior, the website has the opportunity to reject the transaction, preventing damage before it occurs.
In the physical world, as the saying goes, “You are only as good as your word.” And when somebody says one thing and does another, we no longer trust them.
Online, people say and do things they never would in the real world. Internet anonymity fuels bad behavior. Websites’ comments … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: Google Adds Security to Search - 02/02/11 03:57 AM
ShareTweet <!-- tweetandlike-container -->The Internet can be a dangerous neighborhood, and safety precautions are a necessity. . IBM Internet Security Systems blocked 5,000 SQL injections every day in the first two quarters of 2008. By midyear, the number had grown to 25,000 a day. By late fall, attacks climbed to 450,000 daily. The US government servers and sites are targeted 60 million times a day, or 1.8 billion times per month.
While the government fights to protect itself, you and I are on our own, and most civilians are completely unprepared for an attack.
In the University of Cincinnati’s Journal of … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: Britain Scrapping National Identification Card - 01/29/11 01:46 AM
ShareTweet <!-- tweetandlike-container -->The Telegraph reports that UK National Identity Cards containing biometric details, including fingerprints, “were championed by the previous Labour government as a way of preventing terrorism and identity theft.” But the new administration immediately scrapped the initiative, introducing the Identity Documents Bill to Parliament in May, which provided for the cancellation of the UK National Identity Card and the Identification Card for EEA nationals, as well as the destruction of the National Identity Register. As a result, the National Identity Register and all personal information supplied with identity card applications will be destroyed by February 2011.
My opinion … (1 comments)

identity theft expert: Managing A Digital Life: Teachers Friending Kids - 01/26/11 09:29 PM
Teachers in numerous Massachusetts cities and towns are not allowed to “friend’’ students on Facebook or other social networking sites, and a number of other school districts south of Boston are considering a similar ban.
The Boston Globe reports that many communities are working on policies governing school staff’s use of Facebook, “inspired in part by ‘model’ rules on the subject distributed this fall by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.”
The Massachusetts Association of School Committees rules are designed for administrators to “annually remind staff members and orient new staff members concerning the importance of maintaining proper decorum in the … (2 comments)

identity theft expert: Man Arrested For Stealing 15,000 Social Security Numbers - 01/23/11 10:32 PM
Now more than ever, criminal hackers are hacking into databases that contain Social Security numbers and using the numbers to open new financial accounts. Criminals use stolen Social Security numbers to obtain mobile phones, credit cards, and even bank loans. Some victims whose Social Security numbers fell into the hands of identity thieves have even had their mortgages refinanced and their equity stripped. reports an arrest has been made of an individual alleged to have illegally downloaded personal information, including Social Security numbers of about 15,000 people.
Police arrested a man “for stealing the collection of Social Security numbers from … (3 comments)

identity theft expert: Cape Coral, Florida Citizens Credited For Crime Drop - 01/23/11 10:12 PM
<In Cape Coral Florida, WZVN reports “Statistics in Cape Coral Florida show a major decrease in crime for 2010 and police say the biggest drop was in burglaries. They also say the citizens of Cape Coral played a big part in the crime rate reduction. “
That it is music to my ears.
“Newly released numbers from 2010 show that property crimes are down in Cape Coral and burglary is down 14-percent. And according to the police department’s own stats, burglary isn’t the only crime that’s shown a decrease. In 2009, there were just over 7,000 reported crimes in all. In … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: Skype App Adds Video Calling - 01/22/11 12:35 AM
When traveling for business, I often use Skype to video chat with my family at home. This is a comforting way to connect while sitting in a hotel. I’ll even leave the call on for hours at a time, just to watch what they do and hear the homestead background noise, which often includes the screaming of little ones.
The coolest thing about the Skype application for my iPhone has always been the ability to make calls from other countries to any phone number the USA for a flat rate of $3 per month. Skype-to-Skype calls are free to and from … (0 comments)

identity theft expert: Stolen Laptop Contained Prostate Cancer Research Data - 01/21/11 11:34 PM
News9 in Oklahoma reports “An Oklahoma couple is urging thieves to return a stolen computer they say has the power to save millions of lives. The couple stopped at Panera to grab a meal before heading back to the lab. When they finished, they found their car windows broken and the laptop gone. Unfortunately, most of the data was never backed up, a mistake Shin said could be a major setback in the fight against cancer.”
OMG!!! Frankly, sometimes it is the smartest people that lack the most common sense!!!
In 2003, an estimated 1.5 million laptops were stolen worldwide. Today, … (2 comments)

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