Tips to keep your personal data secure throughout tax season

When tax season comes around, there is already a great deal of stress on people’s minds, especially when they receive a communication of any form from the Internal Revenue Service, but the internet – while adding a great deal of convenience – has opened up a whole new world or risk as online criminals try to hook victims with phishing tactics at this time of year. These criminals prey on their victims by using the fear that is high at this time of year to obtain information that these individuals…

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Nationwide expands its identity theft insurance policies in an attempt to combat the threat of cybercrime

As insurers are growing more concerned with the threats posed by cybercrime, they are looking for ways to mitigate any damage that may be caused. Nationwide Insurance has announced that it will be expanding its identity theft insurance policies that offer protections for personal information kept on home computers. The insurer is now offering free access to security software for those with appropriate insurance policies. Nationwide hopes that this will provide another layer of protection for consumers and cut down on instances of cybercrime. According to the Bureau of Justice…

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Markel launches new DataBreach plan to help health care providers defend themselves against cybercrime

Markel Insurance Co. has launched a new line of insurance coverage for health care providers. The new coverage provides protections against cybercrime and hacking. The Affordable Care Act requires that an individual’s medical and insurance information be stored electronically as part of a state-run insurance exchange. The exchange system is designed to give consumers access to affordable insurance coverage, but their information may be the target of hackers eager to test the defenses of the new system. U.S. companies became acutely aware of the dangers inherent in the digital world…

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TD Insurance enables customers with identity theft-busting tools

TD Insurance Inc. has announced that it is taking steps to make it simpler for its customers to monitor their own accounts so that they have added protection against identity theft. The insurer, which is among the top 10 bank-owned insurance agency and brokerage firms in the country, as well as TD Bank, “America’s Most Convenient Bank”, are offering their customers the use of the ITAC Sentinel Plus program. Its features include the following: • Daily surveillance of debit and credit card accounts over the internet, with additional monitoring of…

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Identity theft protection now available to Allstate customers in California

Allstate Insurance Company has unveiled its latest offering to residents of California, which consists of identity theft expenses coverage, that will help to minimize the cost and the time needed by victims who need to salvage their identities. Every year, approximately 9 million people in the United States fall victim to identity theft, resulting in millions of dollars and hours spent for the recovery of the stolen identities. According to Assistant Field Vice President Phil Telgenhoff from Allstate, the victims of some of the more challenging cases of identity theft…

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Personal identity theft protection tips following a breach of your account

The past few months have clearly demonstrated that no account – no matter the organization or security measures taken – is immune to access by a determine hacker, so it is important for everyone to know what they should do in order to protect themselves once an attack has occurred. Millions of Americans experience data breaches every year, increasing their risk of various types of fraud, such as identity theft and financial fraud, as their personally identifiable information (PII) may have been obtained by an unauthorized individual. Experts are recommending…

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Citigroup failed to adequately provide data breach victims with identity theft protection

Following a large data attack in May, 2011, Citigroup did not offer the victims of the breach the same level of protection against identity theft as similar companies, leading privacy advocates to issue heavy criticisms. The breach affected more than 360,000 credit card accounts and Citigroup’s primary action for the victims of the hack was to distribute letters to them with recommendations regarding ways in which they can protect themselves against ID theft. That said, no offers were made by Citigroup to provide those individuals with a year of free…

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