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credit card chip, EMV, encrypted -

As I’m sure you've noticed, the way our credit cards are processed has changed due to the embedded “chips” on them. Instead of swiping our cards at check out, we’re now asked to insert the bottom of the cards into a “chip reader” for payment.  Lots of jokes have been made about the new system—mainly that it takes a really long time and that it’s a bit confusing because not all retailers have it. Standing in line for coffee could now take a few extra minutes and you’ll often see people swipe when they’re supposed to insert the card and...

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hackers, locator app, online security, passwords, privacy, sure technology -

Can you imagine life before the Internet? For many of us, it’s difficult. And while being online is of paramount necessity to our daily lives, lack of privacy is a serious concern and privacy itself, may be becoming obsolete. The internet can be a scary place, full of viruses and hackers, but it is also so easy, so informative, and so much fun—who can give it up?  Unfortunately, anytime you go online, you’re making yourself vulnerable. Your personal information is valuable, both to businesses and to high-tech thieves—keep it safe by following a few simple steps.  Strong Passwords—Create difficult passwords...

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Your wallet just got high-tech. It’s amazing how much of our personal information is contained in such a small package—whether in your purse or pocket, your wallet holds everything that an electronic pickpocket needs to steal your identity and livelihood. Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the use of radio waves to read and capture information from an object. These objects can be read from up to several feet away and do not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be captured. RFID skimming is a form of digital theft—it enables information from RFID based smart cards to be...

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identity theft, precautions, travel, valuables -

Vacationing is all about having fun and experiencing new things and places—traveling is on most people’s “Bucket List”. That being said, tourists are often easy targets, for identity theft and other crimes.  Reducing your chances of a dangerous situation can be done by taking a few, simple precautions before you leave and while you’re away. Before You Go Enlist the help of a neighbor or friend, someone you trust. Let them know your departure and return dates, where you’re going and give them the phone number of someone to call in case of an emergency. Also, leave a key with...

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ATM safety, Chris Gilpin, identity, safety tips -

While it may seem like common sense—being secure in your environment, and keeping your identity safe—is less simple than you think. In our increasingly busy and fast-paced culture keeping yourself protected from incident is something you have to be conscious of. No one thinks they’re going to be a target—and certainly no one wants to be—but, as we all know, things happen. It’s important to be prepared and protect yourself from situations that could compromise your safety.  Here’s a list of 10 important safety tips—keep yourself, your identity and your possessions secure.  Be Aware! Perhaps the most important tip, being...

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