Identity Theft

Identity theft: three, two, one … backup!

Identity theft: three, two, one … backup!

Identity Theft August 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin Protecting one’s identity includes many things that may not seem directly connected to identities but eventually show themselves to be. Backup is a good example. Backing up your data not only means you have a copy of it, it also means that you can’t be held hostageRead More

Identity theft: 22 million records lost and they still want my girlfriend’s Social Security number

Identity theft: 22 million records lost and they still want my girlfriend’s Social Security number

Identity Theft July 16, 2015 at 12:42 am 0 comments

By Jim Eastin When the news broke a few weeks ago about the United States’ HR department getting hacked, the number of files stolen started around 5 million individuals. As of this week that number is up to 21 and a half million families. As far as I can determineRead More

Identity theft: how are you, you?

Identity theft: how are you, you?

Identity Theft June 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin By now you have heard about last weeks hack on the Internal Revenue Service. 104,000 files were captured by bad guys out of 200,000 attempts; a 50 percent return on time invested. There are four things worth noting about this attack. First, it did not happen lastRead More

Identity theft: you talkin’ to me?

Identity theft: you talkin’ to me?

Identity Theft April 29, 2015 at 12:38 am 0 comments

By Jim Eastin One of the most famous lines comes from “Taxi Driver” when Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) says to himself in the mirror, “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?” He is practicing dealing with someone he wants to fight. I want to suggest you do theRead More

Identity theft: “Somebody needs to go to jail”

Identity theft: “Somebody needs to go to jail”

Identity Theft April 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin The hack of 80 million accounts held by Anthem Healthcare included subsidiaries which you have heard of, such as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield,  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup (which includes TennCare), Caremore, Unicare,Read More

Identity theft: are you still using XP?

Identity theft: are you still using XP?

Identity Theft January 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin Fourteen years ago the computer world changed with the introduction of Windows XP. It was a revolution in computing, more useful than the previous versions and was overwhelmingly adopted by the business world. Over the years almost every home and business moved to it. Even though MicrosoftRead More

Become a limited user

Become a limited user

Identity Theft January 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm 0 comments

By Jim Eastin If I told you that I knew a way to prevent 92% of computer malware from infecting your system by making one change would you do it? How about if I told you that doing just two things could raise that number to 98%? Today is yourRead More

The power of leverage

Identity Theft December 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm 0 comments

Leverage is the power of using a little bit of energy to move a great deal of weight. You have been on a see-saw with a child. If they sit way back on the see-saw and you sit way forward, their little bit of weight can move your larger weightRead More

happy anniversary Target breach

Identity Theft December 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm 0 comments

It is hard to believe a year has gone by. In a year full of high profile security breaches, the starting gun was surely sounded by the 40 million credit cards lost by Target last year. The cost of replacing the cards alone was about $400 million. How much didRead More

What to do when it is already stolen

Identity Theft December 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm 0 comments

Since we began this column the focus has been on preventing identity theft. What do you do when you become one of the people from whom it is already stolen? There is a booklet you can get from the Federal Trade Commission or your local bank that will tell youRead More