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Watch out for typos when entering URLs

Typosquatting is the practice of hosting a website at an address that is like a popular URL yet off by a character or two, turning it into a trap for anyone making a common typo. Check carefully what you type or, try saving frequently visited sites as bookmarks and navigate to them from there to safeguard you reach […]

Look out for package delivery scams

If you’re expecting a delivery via mail or private carrier (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.), you probably track the package online or via text message to see if it’s delivered on time. Watch out for unexpected emails or SMS updates, especially if they ask you to make additional arrangements by supplying personally identifiable information – they’re […]

How to stay safe when applying for jobs

With the COVID-19 pandemic apparently nearing its end in the U.S., more people are returning to in-person work. That means more people are applying for jobs, submitting applications left and right, looking for the right fit. In most cases, job applications require a plethora of personal information when being filled out, including addresses, work history, […]

Enable the “Do Not Disturb” feature on your phone

Some phones come with a feature called “Do Not Disturb,” which sends all calls from people who are not saved to your contacts directly to voicemail. This can save you from answering the phone when a scammer calls and getting swindled out of personal information. Just remember to frequently empty your voicemail inbox so you […]

Know what your credit monitoring service will alert you about

Using a credit monitoring service is a good way to make sure your credit is always intact. If there is suspicious activity in your line of credit, the service provider will alert you. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, they will not alert you if: A person other than you makes a withdrawal from […]

Consider identity theft coverage in your medical insurance plan

If someone gets their hands on your social security number, they could use it to access your insurance plan and receive medical services, incurring debt in your name. Some insurance plans have identity theft coverage, so you won’t be held responsible for any of the costs or damage to your credit.