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Are You Safe From ID Theft?

Submitted by Sheila Handrick on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

Among experiences you sure don’t want, you open your credit card bill and find a long column of strange charges. Or you try to file your federal tax return and the Internal Revenue Service responds that you already filed and supposedly received your refund weeks ago. How can you protect your identity from falling into the wrong hands?

ID Tax Theft: What to Do Next

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?

Shielding Kids From ID Theft

Submitted by Ryan J. Klekar and Janel Carroll Walker on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

Tax authorities demand to know why a fourth grader never reported thousands of dollars in income from a factory job. Collection agencies suddenly hound a college student for more than a decade’s worth of credit card debt. Shocking but true: Children and minors are actually almost as likely as adults to be victims of identity theft.

Are You Protected Online?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 3:00pm

We feel safe in a diminishing number of places these days, and online sure isn’t one. Identity theft and cyberattacks seem to run rampant almost every day. How can you fend off intrusions that might cost you agonizing hours – not to mention a lot of money – to correct?

Blame the Hack on Sony

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 9:00am

What’s all the fuss? The major culprit of Sony’s data breach was Sony itself, for inept security. Plus, North Korea’s invasion of Sony’s internal computer system is hardly an act of war. And if the breach portends future cyber threats, would North Korea tip its hand over something so stupid as trying to cancel the release of a movie, “The Interview”?

Tasks Before Wintering South

Submitted by Tom Orecchio on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

The weather is starting to get chilly (if not downright cold) and you already have packed your bags to head south for the winter. Before you surrender to daydreams of sandals and shorts on New Year’s Day, here are a few smart tips to safeguard yourself and your property, if you plan to be away from your primary residence for the winter.