This Halloween, don’t let the kids have all the scary fun. You might find yourself in a Haunted House this Halloween, but we’re talking about something even spookier than ghosts or goblins: identity theft.
Hackers have a new phishing tool at their disposal: your mobile device. One security researcher has already published a report on how shockingly easy it is to steal your username and password right from your Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad. Sadly, the hackers didn’t have to do anything except trick you into handing it over.
Social media can be a lot of fun, but perhaps nothing can give you quite the midday giggle like a Twitter hashtag game. They often end up being very witty, such as the game to “ruin a movie title with one letter” or “ruin a book with one word.” The often-hilarious end result includes things like “Pilates of the Caribbean” or “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Malfunction.”
When it comes to identity theft, fraud, scams, and other related crimes, no one is off limits.
In light of the recently announced Equifax data breach, the Identity Theft Resource Center is making an understandable, timely request of all three credit reporting agencies: help consumers protect their information and their credit reports with a free one-year freeze.
Recently, a local government official in Texas made headlines for urging citizens who ignored the evacuation order to write their names and their Social Security numbers on their arms with permanent marker, presumably to make it easier for emergency personnel to identify their bodies following the storm. As an organization that promotes education and awareness on identity theft and privacy, we are compelled to comment on this kind of advice.