Ah, for the simpler time, when employers worried about their workers stealing pens. Now employees are taking company information with them when they leave, according to a new survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute. (more…)
Archive for February, 2009
If a fitness center moves to another location, they contract with a company to pack up and move the equipment and furniture, and to clean out the building. If the movers drop and break a piece of equipment, they’re responsible for the loss.
But what if, when the movers clean out the offices, they find cabinets full of the gym members’ personal and financial information? What if the movers just toss those files in the dumpster out back with the other trash? Who’s responsible to the members? (more…)
After hearing so much about data breaches that affect tens of millions of consumers, we become a little numb. News of a data breach involving only 441,035 people barely seems like newsworthy at all.
But what if those same 441,035 people were involved in six separate data breaches originating at the same place within 15 months?
That’s the story from the University of Florida. Since November 2007 UF has had a half dozen data breaches. In the last three months alone, they’ve been successfully hacked three times. (more…)
Ever bounce a check? Then you know the sickening feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you pull that slim envelope from the mailbox. You know how anxious you are to make the check good and assuage your feelings of humiliation. But what if you never get that bank notice? What if you get a letter from a collection agency first? (more…)
If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolution to work out more is a distant memory and you’ve already gained two more pounds. But what about the promise you made yourself to try something new?
If you haven’t made your reservation yet for a hot air balloon ride, how about becoming an identity theft victim instead? Granted, it’s hardly a unique experience—roughly 10 million people are doing it every year—but it’s like no other experience you’ve ever had.
How to get started
Put your Social Security card and all your credit cards in your wallet. Leave your wallet lying out on your desk at work while you go to the restroom. If you carry a purse, leave it unzipped when in public places. In fact, hang it on the back of your chair so any potential identity thieves know you’re looking for action.
We’re all experiencing anxiety (or outright panic) in the face of diminishing job security, escalating interest rates and sinking home values. I hate to add to the daily financial sturm und drang—and I beg your forgiveness—but you need to know about the increasing risk of identity theft related to data breaches and this recession. (more…)
As of January 2009, 11.6 million Americans are unemployed, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are hard to come by these days, and job seekers are desperately applying a shotgun approach, using headhunters, professional networking and a number of online job sites.
Unfortunately, rather than becoming full-time employees, many applicants may become identity theft victims instead. (more…)
It seems that with every new technological advance, a new breed of crook crawls out from under a rock. With so many of us practically living our lives online, identity thieves have lots of opportunities to access our personal and financial information.
There are, however, precautions you can take to minimize the chances that you’ll become one of the victims. (more…)