fraud

In case you missed it, security researchers recently uncovered a major bug (known as “Heartbleed”) in a security protocol that protects much of the encrypted traffic on the Internet. And yes, if you do just about anything online, you’re affected. In short, secure Internet services typically protect their traffic using […]

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Have you checked your credit report recently? I have. In fact, I pulled my Equifax credit report (for free) just last week. Care to guess what I found? Absolutely nothing. Or at least nothing out of the ordinary. Just my boring report. But, when it comes to credit reports, boring […]

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Earlier this afternoon, I received an e-mail from Target regarding their pre-holiday data breach. It seems that the more they investigate, the worse the situation gets. At first, they thought that hackers had snatched the credit and debit card info of 40M customers. But now they’re saying that the names, […]

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Credit Card Travel Notifications

by Michael on Sep 3, 2013 · 2 comments

I’ve always heard that it’s a good idea to notify your credit card issuers when you’ll be traveling outside the United States. If you don’t, the story goes, you run the risk of having your credit cards locked down as a fraud prevention measure. Not good. Is it really necessary […]

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I’m heading to Europe in a couple of weeks and have thus been tying up some loose ends in advance of my departure. One of these tasks has been to get a credit card that’s more likely to be compatible with European card processing systems. In case you weren’t aware, […]

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As a quick followup to my earlier post about identity theft, I wanted to share the contact info for the three major credit bureaus. Note that there are a number of addresses out there for each company. Instead of tracking down every possible variant, I’ve simply listed the address of […]

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I recently received a letter from my employer stating that their computer systems had been breached and that my name, address, and Social Security number (SSN) had been compromised. As it turns out, I’m not alone in this. My data was apparently part of a much larger file that was […]

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