Identity theft is one of the biggest threats to companies and individuals. Keep up to date on some of the ways identity thieves harvest your information with our ID Theft Alerts.

We cover recent security breaches, methodology, and ways to help protect your personal information from being used against you.

ID Theft Alerts for July 2014

Supreme Court Rules on Privacy A recent ruling by the Supreme Court has a significant impact on how the court sees the protection of digital information and your 4th amendment rights. In Riley v. California the court ruled that the police needed a warrant to search the cell phone...

ID Theft Alerts for February 2014

Long Term Identity Theft Impacts While many people think of the short term impacts of identity theft it is the long term ones that can be even more damaging. The victim of identity theft may spend years trying to clean up the errors on their credit report. This not...

SPAM Text Messages

SPAM emails have been around since email became a standard business tool. It is a very cheap way for fraudsters to get in front of thousands of people. Nigerian Scams (also called 419 scams) have been around for hundreds of years but the internet made it a daily part...

Woodland police close mobile identity-theft lab

Woodland police seized a massive mobile identity theft lab Friday that police say may have affected hundreds of victims.  Police arrested Jami D. Nitsos, 37, and Scott E. Leavens, 36, both transients after finding the pair holed up Friday morning in the Lewis River Inn with computers, scanners, laminators,...

Wells Fargo Warns of Possible Data Theft

Wells Fargo, the second-largest U.S. mortgage lender, Friday said a computer containing confidential data about mortgage customers and prospective customers is missing and may have been stolen.  The missing data include names, addresses, Social Security numbers and mortgage loan deposit numbers. Wells Fargo said there is no indication that...

FTC Action Against Nations Title Agency

The FTC has accepted a consent agreement with Nations Title Agency. The agreement is in response to complaints of poor security measures when dealing with customer information. In February, 2005 a local television station pulled customer information out of a dumpster behind the Nations Title Offices.  Nations Title Agency...

Pretexting For Your Phone Records

Under this practice, the data broker contacts the telephone company and seeks a subscriber’s phone records by pretending to be the subscriber. By having a few details (phone number, Social Security number, date of birth), data brokers can collect this information with an alarmingly high rate of success. Phone...

HIPAA, Ten Years Later. What Do Experts Say?

It’s been ten years since US lawmakers initiated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Experts say it has changed the U.S. healthcare landscape, in some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. HIPAA is most often recognized today for its three main provisions...

FTC spyware settlement affects 18 million

A day after the Federal Trade Commission announced its second-biggest settlement against two California companies accused of spreading malicious spyware to more than 18 million computer users worldwide, industry analysts and the government acknowledge they face an uphill battle trying to contain the problem.  In the last two years,...