February 2013: Social networking & your risk for identity theft.
CORE ID Services

Social Media


Facebook and other social media sites are a fun way to connect - but do you know who you are connecting to? And what are they learning about you? Check out our article below on the risks of social media sites, and smart steps you should take to protect yourself and your children.

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, you may also be going online to find a new relationship. Unfortunately, while the Internet lets you cast a wider net, you may also have less control on who you "scoop up." The recent scandal involving Manti Te'o put a spotlight on scams that target people willing to put their hearts on the line, online. Our tips can also help protect you from online predators.

Of course, you can rely on the partner you have with ARX-ID. If identity theft strikes, we will be at -- and on -- your side. If you haven't already, log into www.mycoreid.com to make the most of your ARX-ID coverage today.

Daniel J. Benish
President
CORE ID Services, LLC
 

Safe SocializingSocial media can increase your risk for identity theft


Know the risks of social networking

Last year's report on identity theft by Javelin Strategy and Research found that social media users had a higher rate of fraud than non-users. Not only can identity thieves find out personal or identifying information about you, it also gives them an opportunity to connect with you. However, following a few guidelines for safe social media use can make it safer for you still to enjoy connecting with friends through these popular tools.
  • Keep it between friends - don't accept invitations to connect to people you don't know.
  • Use privacy settings - limit who can see what you share.
  • Don't "overshare" - think before you post info about upcoming vacations or children's birthdates.
  • Watch out for links and videos - malware is often hidden inside enticing links like celebrity videos, or even "scam alerts."
  • Teach your children safe Internet use - OnGuardOnline.gov has great resources for parents and kids to explore.
  • Share these tips with older family members, too - if they are less familiar with the Internet, they may be more prone to scams.
  • Use unique passwords - hackers count on you using the same one to access multiple sites.

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Vol 2, Issue 2
 

Letter from the President
Safe Socializing
5 Truths about Data Breaches
Scam Alert
5 Truths About Data Breaches: Know the risks

2012 topped the charts for data breaches. Download our NEW Special Report: 5 Truths About Data Breaches to learn the risks you might not hear anywhere else.

Crimes of the Heart

Romance scams cost victims an average of $8,600 in 2011, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.


Scam Alert

Phony Do Not Call Registry Confirmations: In an ironic twist, callers pretending to be verifying National Do Not Call Registry information are collecting phone numbers and other private information. See this link for more info, but all you need to do to block unwanted phone calls is sign up at www.donotcall.gov.
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