Another Year, Another Record-Breaking Number of Internet Crimes

Another Year, Another Record-Breaking Number of Internet Crimes

A few months ago, my good friend — we’ll call her Betsy — wanted to sell her old computer to help pay for a new one. She’d sold plenty of items online before, so she listed it in a few different popular spots like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and waited for the offers to roll in.

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Data Breaches: How to Make a Difference in 2019

Data Breaches: How to Make a Difference in 2019

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has been analyzing data breaches since 2005 to better understand the importance of cybersecurity and to assist victims of these incidents. Consumers and companies are suffering from these breaches in the business, travel, financial, healthcare and more industries. In their most recent report analyzing the data from 2018, they evaluated more than 1,200 data breaches that were publicly disclosed. Last year large corporations, government agencies and online businesses all fell victim to data breaches. These breaches exposed more than 446 million records of consumer personal identifying information (PII). With companies and consumers suffering from the impact of these incidents, it’s time to focus on what professionals in the industry can do to help.

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What the Marriott Data Breach Means for Individuals, the U.S. and Companies Worldwide

What the Marriott Data Breach Means for Individuals, the U.S. and Companies Worldwide

The business sector tops the Identity Theft Resource Center’s industry facing the most data breaches for the sixth consecutive month. This time, it’s because of the massive Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts data breach that affected more than 500 million customers.

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The Real People Behind Identity Theft Statistics

The Real People Behind Identity Theft Statistics

Data breaches and identity theft continue to impact both businesses and consumers significantly. This year alone (as of November 2, 2018), there have been 1,027 data breaches which exposed over 57,667,911 million records. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also reported in their March 2018 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book that they received 1.1 million reports of fraud and 371,000 reports of identity theft in 2017.

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3 Ways to Avoid Fraud While Traveling

3 Ways to Avoid Fraud While Traveling

As I sat in the taxi in Jackson, Mississippi, waiting for the cab driver to “call in” my credit card because he had no credit card machine or app on his flip phone, I cringed. Just four days prior, I was teaching an ACFE webinar on travel fraud and here I was, hamstrung by an antiquated process that put my credit card at risk.

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