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Health care data breaches: Why you should be concerned

Sienna Kossman

While compromised health care data may not specifically include credit card numbers or banking information, this type of breach has the potential to create longer lasting, more significant damage, opening the doors to all sorts of identity theft issues — medical and financial alike.
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Why Heartbleed isn’t something to brush off

Sienna Kossman

When a topic is covered over and over, it’s easy to become numb to the news and its effects, no matter how dire. For me, one of those topics was personal information security. Between national news stories about mass data collection and seemingly never-ending major retailer security breach sagas, I have felt it was one of those burned-out topics.
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State bills would deep-freeze children’s credit

Sienna Kossman

Working on a story about familiar fraud helped me develop a good understanding of just how damaging identity theft can be, especially if it begins when a victim is young. Child identity theft in particular isn’t the easiest thing to resolve, so when I caught wind of what state governments are doing to help stop this type of fraud before it begins, I was immediately interested.
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3 advantages of a 90-day fraud alert

Sienna Kossman

Last week I came home to a notice from the police department stuck on my apartment door about reported mail theft in my immediate area. The notice explained that two incident reports have been filed and outlined several steps individuals can take to protect themselves if they think sensitive information might be compromised. One of the suggestions was to place a fraud alert on your credit. If you have never used a 90-day fraud alert to protect your credit in the event of actual or potential fraud, I suggest doing so for these reasons:
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