Thursday, February 11, 2016

3 Things that should not be Stored in your Smartphone.

According to the experts, your smartphone is extremely valuable to an Internet thief. That is because there is a vast amount of sensitive and valuable data stored on our smartphones.
According to Consumer Reports nearly 34 percent of all smartphone owners do absolutely nothing to secure their phone, not even a simple code to lock the screen.
Even with the sharp decline in smartphone thefts, users still need to be cautious about the things they store on their phone. This a list of 3 things smartphone users should stop storing in their devices, regardless of this decline.

#1. Passwords
Stop reusing passwords across multiple websites.If you can create different passwords for different websites.Never use Pass word as a Pass word just to save time. Do not create a note on your smartphone that stores all of your passwords, it makes it easy to find quickly the password we need.It also makes it easy for the smartphone thief, who also wants to hack your bank account.

#2. Geotagged pictures and videos

When we add Geotagging, it adds geographical identification metadata to your pictures and videos. When we post photos on Google Plus, Twitter, or Facebook we don't intentionally add our home address or work address to each photo but, we do. When you have Geo-location tagging turned on when you take pictures, you're posting your address with every photo or video you post. Leave those geotagged pictures of your Flat-screen TV, your new furniture and your brand new car on your phone and you'll come back from work with even less than you had when you left.

#3.Very few of us can remember all of the Credit card numbers,all of the Debit card numbers, Addresses and expiration dates.Many of us will snap a picture of the card - both front and back - so they don't have to carry a purse or wallet around with them.Never store credit card data on a smartphone. A thief can steal your phone and use your own phone to clean out your accounts that you know about and create new accounts that you won't know about for 30 days or longer. Card-not-present Credit card fraud accounted for 45% of credit card fraud in 2014 28% of women and 21% of men have had their credit card information stolen through a computer hack Experts project that over 33% of the world's population - 2.6 billion people - will own a smartphone by 2017. That means good people have to get a lot smarter than the scammers - and fast

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Identity Theft Help For Military Veterans

There is something special and commanding about the presence of a soldier in uniform. Whether or not you agree with the politics behind different wars that are being fought, one thing is certain: a soldier in battle is heroic. But there are some battles soldiers should never have to endure. The battle of identity restoration is one of them.

A victim of identity theft has to endure a bad credit rating, higher interest rates, etc. military personnel have other obstacles that they must overcome if they have been a victim of identity theft. Their security status and the opportunity for promotion might be put on the line by a bad credit history that may not belong to them.

The U. S. military has determined that Identity theft is such a serious threat that special precautions and are being taken to protect military personnel and their families from unnecessary risk and exposure. Currently, steps are being taken to minimize the risks posed exclusively to servicemen and women.New RFID technology is currently used to protect against Identity Theft

Veterans hospitals in many parts of the United States,use wrist bands printed with the full (nine digits) social security numbers.This greatly increases a patient's risk of having his or her identity stolen. It makes them vulnerable to other  personnel, working for the hospital.

In addition, we have created a toll-free Identity Theft Resource Line for Veterans and their beneficiaries to call for more information or if they suspect that their identities may have been compromised.  The toll-free number is 855-578-5492.

For More Information On VA Identity Theft Help Line

Identity theft resource cheat sheet

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. You must keep track of a lot of personal information and always on point...