Posts Tagged ‘Personal Information’

Scary number of identity thefts at BSU

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Employees of Ball State University have been realizing they have something in common and it isn’t a good thing. As several BSU employees have been filing their tax returns they have been alerted that a tax return has already been filed under their Social Security number. One professor learned that her’s, her husband and her children’s Social Security numbers have been stole. It is no coincidence that weeks prior there was a data breach of Anthem health insurance where hackers stole names, birth dates, Social Security numbers in addition to other personal information. At least 17 victims have been confirmed at BSU alone.

There is a twist though, all of the identity theft victims have received unsolicited refunds in the form of a pre-paid debit card between $7,000 and $9,000 from RushCard, T-Mobile and Green Dot.

Check out the whole story here.

Almost 80 million affected by JP Morgan Chase data breach

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Approximately 76 million households and about 7 million businesses have been affected by the JP Morgan Chase data breach. It’s predicted that the breach could put financial systems at risk for months to come. Client’s personal information such as names, phone numbers and email address are all assumed to be compromised. Although there is no hard evidence that passwords have been compromised information will most likely be sold on the black market. So, it’s probably a good idea to change your passwords.

Check out the whole story here.

Identity Theft Risks Lurk in Your Kid’s Backpack

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The summer has been great, beach, pool, cookouts and vacations, all the things we look forward to during the cold, snowy winter months. As summer winds down, many of us are beginning to shift gears to the back to school routine. What is more exciting for kids than picking out new back to school clothes and deciding between the hottest style backpacks? Though parents beware! It’s what goes in those backpacks that could be disastrous in the wrong hands. Thieves would love to get their hands on keys, ID badges, cell phones and other electronics. Here are some tips to help keep your personal information personal.
Smart Phones: Remind your children to not store passwords and personal information in the Notes App.
Electronics: Remove one touch purchasing from electronics to avoid a huge bill if stolen.
ID’s and Name tags: Use your office address instead of home address.

Check out this article for more tips on keeping kids identity safe for back to school.

‘Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen: Expert

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

It seems like every day there are news stories unveiling data breaches. Cyber crime is on the rise and anyone using the internet is at risk. Conducting business and everyday tasks are made simpler by options such as buying, banking, and billing online but of course there is a risk. New recommendations are made continually to help protect consumers from personal information being compromised.
Check out this article: Staggering’ data breach of 1.2B usernames and passwords could worsen: Expert
Best advice from the article is to refresh your password often and don’t rely on the same password for multiple sites especially for bill paying sites such as bank or credit cards.

8 Things You Should Shred Right Now!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your identity. Here is a reminder of things that you really should shred, NOW!

Old Tax Returns – keep them for 3 or 4 years. Then you should be safe to shred, unless you’re suspected of fraud – eek!

Old Bank Statements – keep to verify balances and transactions, then they are safe to shred. It is also a good idea to have them emailed to avoid the risk of them being stolen from your mailbox.

Credit Card Offers – either take advantage of the offer or shred it right away. Don’t want someone else opening up a card in your name.

Old Photo IDs – if you dispose of them, make sure they are shredded! Remember the old licenses had your social security number on them.

Pay Stubs – there is so much information on your pay stubs that would be criminals could benefit from – last deposit amount, health insurance info, place of employment, etc.

Convenience Checks – I can’t believe they still mail these. Use them right away or shred them!

Cancelled Checks – Remember, your account info is still on these checks even if you write VOID.

Cancelled Credit Cards – Remember to cut the magnetic strip with the encoded info!

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Medical Records Found Blowing In the Wind Outside Hospital

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Medical records were found blowing in the wind outside a Kansas City hospital. The files contained the names, phone numbers, addresses, and social security numbers of former patients of the hospital. A witness described maintenance workers dumping materials into a dumpster which then began to blow around. The workers proceeded to walk away without regard for the documents.

Read the whole story here.

Veteran Records to be Shredded Found Strewn Across Quincy Neighborhood

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

According to Quincy Police, private veteran records that were picked up by local company, Shred King, to be shredded were found strewn about the Massachusetts city. Surveillance video recorded from behind Quincy High School shows an object falling off the back of a white box truck. The documents contained personal information including social security numbers and benefit claims. Most of the victims are deceased however those that are still living will be contacted about the breach. The breach occurred last month.
Read the whole story here.

Protecting Yourself from the Number One Fastest Growing Crime: Identity Theft.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in America. Being a victim of identity theft can be devastating for your credit, family, and bank account. It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent identity theft. The number one way to prevent identity theft is to protect your personal information, of course. This link shares some great strategies for preventing identity theft.
Shredding your personal information is the best way to prevent thieves from gathering information from your trash or landfills. Make sure it is shredded in a cross cut shredder. Also, make sure to order a credit report at least once a year to monitor activity on your social security number. This site suggests ordering a report twice a year. Everyone is entitled to a free report yearly; make sure you take advantage of it!
Be smart about who you give your information to. If a caller seems fishy, call the company yourself. If it’s a credit card company or bank, call the number on your card or bank statement to verify they are the ones calling you. Thieves are sneaky, sneaky! They can even duplicate logos and signatures to make emails look legitimate so NEVER provide personal information through email.

For more tips check out this site. This is only one of many sources to help you become and informed consumer and protect yourself against identity theft.

Recycling Electronics vs. Shredding: What’s the Risk?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

These days, reuse, reduce, recycle is no longer a motto but a way of life. You could search online for ways to upcycle just about anything from grocery store bags to mismatched socks to your outdated electronics. Finding a place to recycle your items is as easy as ever; drop your old cell phone off in the receptacle at Target, bring old computers to your community recycling day. Convenience is a way of life and everything is disposable. But, with this new, more convenient way of living comes more inconveniences. No more pressing a delete button and erasing a file. Emails, texts, and electronic information seem to live on forever, impossible to destroy. So, what exactly happens when you recycle your electronics? Does your stored personal information get erased from the device? We would like to trust that it does. But, this new study out of NAID Australia sheds new light on the idea.

NAID, The National Association for Information Destruction performed an audit of 52 independently purchased hard drives from online sites such as Ebay. What they found might shock you and make you reconsider how your dispose of your own electronics data.

The 52 hard drives were examined by forensic investigators and about 30 percent still contained personal and/or confidential information. Some of the information found was highly confidential. It appeared that the information had been attempted to be deleted but was done so unsuccessfully.

It is a wonderful idea to recycle your electronics; however, there is a very real risk that your personal information may live on if the device is not properly wiped.

Check out the whole study here

Medical Records Containing Personal Information Found in Dumpster

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Medical Records with patients personal information such as name, address, social security number were found in a dumpster behind a Family Dollar store in Florida. The files were did not appear to be shredded when the Family Dollar store worker found them in the dumpster. Full Article