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Here’s how to remove your name from Internet search engines

Follow these tips on how to remove your name from Internet search engines. This shields more of your personal information from circulating online — and reduces your risk of identity theft. Search engines are powerful, widely accessible and free — and have made it possible to find nearly any sort of information that you are […]

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How to know if someone is using your social security number

One of the most dangerous forms of identity theft is a stolen SSN. But how to know if someone is using your Social Security number? Here are a few telltale signs. Your SSN is the key to your identity. And that’s why it’s so vulnerable: if a hacker gets ahold of it, they’re able to […]

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How to contact the Big Three credit bureaus

Credit bureaus, also known as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) are the referees between companies, consumers, and debt collection agencies. They’re also essential allies in recovering from identity theft, which is why you need to know how to contact the Big Three credit bureaus! The Big Three credit bureaus keep a record of your personal credit […]

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Browser fingerprinting: What is it and how to prevent it?

What is browser fingerprinting? It’s creepy, that’s what! It tracks your online behavior, allowing others to know who you are as you browse the internet — all without any need for account logins or cookies. Just like a human fingerprint, your browser has a set of unique traits that can be traced back to you […]

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What is device fingerprinting and how do I prevent it?

Device fingerprinting is when marketers use your device’s unique fingerprint to track you around the internet. But what is device fingerprinting, exactly? Here’s what you need to know. Similar to your Social Security number, your smartphone has a unique fingerprint that sticks with your device and thus can be used to track your movements across […]

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What to do if your identity is stolen

If your identity is stolen, you’re not alone. It’s happening to more people every year. Here’s what to do if your identity is stolen. Data breaches (and thus identity theft) seem to be happening more frequently these days. Unfortunately, these cybersecurity issues keep causing losses in millions, if not billions, of dollars every year. And […]

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What are data brokers?

If you’ve ever asked yourself, or anyone, the question, “what are data brokers,” then congratulations, dear friend. You have taken the most basic step you’ll need to protect your privacy on the internet and to protect yourself in the physical world. How? Well, you’ve chosen to educate yourself. The relatively unrestrictive privacy laws in the […]