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Don’t be the Next Anthem

by ID Experts

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After Anthem Inc.’s most recent breach comprised more than 80 million customers’ information, 2015 is already shaping up to be the year of the healthcare data breach. Personal data incidents are on the rise and how an organization manages incident response affects their business risks and its brand. … Continue Reading

FTC Says Identity Theft Was the Number One Consumer Complaint in 2014

by Jim Malmberg

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February 27, 2015 – The FTC has announced that identity theft was the number one consumer complaint received by the agency last year. That’s no real surprise because it has been the number one consumer complaint for 15 years now. But it may no longer be the fastest growing crime. Debt collection scams were the second largest consumer complaint of 2014; with 160,000 reported incidents. That’s 100,000 more than were reported in 2013. … Continue Reading

How to Deal with Phishing Scams

by Federal Trade Commission

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When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don’t reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. … Continue Reading

Anthem Breach Highlights Limited Public Awareness of Medical ID Theft Risks

by Robert Gregg

MedicalData

Greetings all. I know I have raved on about this before but the massive data breach recently announced by Anthem Inc., the second largest U.S. health insurer, provides yet another perfect example of the limited understanding by media and many “experts” of the full spectrum of risks resulting from data breaches in healthcare organizations. … Continue Reading

After Anthem Breach – How to Deal with Phishing Scams

by Federal Trade Commission

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When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don’t reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. … Continue Reading

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