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AOL Digital Matters - ID Theft Protection

You’re More Likely to Become A Victim of ID Theft If You Do This…

Did you know that approximately 15 million Americans become victims of identity theft every year? Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which a thief steals key pieces of personally identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or driver’s license number, in order to impersonate you, usually for financial gain. …

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Protecting Yourself Online After Natural Disasters

2017 will surely leave its mark in the record books when it comes to hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters. Fortunately for us, these incidents inspire a lot of people to go online seeking news and information and ways to help those in need. Unfortunately, the high-volume of online traffic, particularly internet search traffic, …

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The Many Faces of Malware

Malware refers to a number of different types of malicious software created by cyber-criminals to gain access to your devices and steal personal information or cause damage. Keep reading to find out more about how malware attacks and what kinds of damage it could do to your computer. Plus, we’ve thrown in some helpful tips …

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How to Protect Yourself from Online Phishing Attacks

What is Phishing? Phishing is the attempt by cybercriminals to steal your personal information—including usernames, passwords and credit card details—by posing as a legitimate company. Phishers may send emails asking you to click on a link to verify an account, update personal or financial information related to an existing account or to confirm an anticipated …

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The Hidden Danger of Planes, Hotels and Coffee Shops

It’s not that difficult to hack into information being sent and received over public WiFi on a plane, in a coffee shop or even at a hotel. You just need a laptop, special software and a base knowledge about what tools can record and decipher the information. That’s why Kent Lawson decided to come out …

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WiFi Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer approaching, many of us are gearing up for fun, sunny vacations where we plan to escape from reality a bit and enjoy some well deserved time off. Without dampening the carefree spirit of vacation, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your personal information safer when using public WiFi away …

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What Really Happens When You Hit ‘Delete’?

Don’t you sometimes wish that life had a DELETE button? You say something stupid to your spouse, just hit delete. You burp in front of the CEO, just hit delete. At least your computer has a delete button. Well, yes–and no. When you delete a document, it goes into your Trash folder. But it’s still …

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