Mobile devices carry an unfortunate distinction. In many consumers’ minds, they’re simply the latest innovation to come out of cellular phones. But at the same time, they’re not just cell phones, but rather fully-functional handheld computers. As such, they’re vulnerable to viruses, malware, hacking, and more.
There’s no shortage of scams, fraud attempts, data breaches, and hacking. Sadly, it doesn’t matter who the victim is: personal tech users, companies of every size, senior citizens, even school children. Criminals who are after your identifying information or your money have no moral compass when it comes to stealing.
All too often, politics can stand in the way of progress. Fortunately, preventing identity theft, fraud, and scams is so important to members of Congress that all partisan politics fell by the wayside when the House came together to create a task force to address consumers’ concerns. Representatives from multiple states and across party lines have joined in the effort to raise public awareness and draft policies that will keep individuals safe from this growing crime.
The start of a new school year is a very busy time for both students and families, and as such, it’s the perfect setting for scammers to strike. With so much to do—registration forms, back to school supply shopping, even moving into a college dorm or apartment—it’s easy for something less than honest to slip in.
If you’re like the majority of “card carrying adults,” you literally have cards that demonstrate your status as a grownup. Your wallet most likely contains a driver’s license, a credit card or two, a health insurance card, and any number of membership or loyalty cards. Each card represents a unique relationship between you and a government entity, a medical coverage provider, a financial institution, or some other organization.
When we think of all the ways thieves can nab our personal information, we usually envision data breaches and hacking events, or large-scale attacks that unleash viruses and malware on our computers. But too often, the culprit is something far more ordinary, and doesn’t require Hollywood cyberthriller levels of tech know-how.