Have You Checked Your Credit Report Recently?

In 2013 the Consumer Sentinel Network registered more than 2 million complaints from various federal, state and local law enforcement offices. Of these 14% were related to identity theft, specifically: government benefit fraud, credit cards, utilities, banking, and employment.

The Paranoid's Guide to Protecting Your Identity While Traveling

Wouldn't it be awful to lose your wallet or smartphone while on vacation? Change the scenario to a foreign country, and the situation will quickly go from dismal to desperate. Plan for precautions now while you have a clear head, because thinking of everything in a moment of panic is just setting yourself up for failure.

Keep Copies of Your Personal Documents

Scan copies of your driver's license, social security card, credit cards, passports and other sensitive documents to an encrypted file in your computer. The account and telephone numbers will be important to temporarily cancel cards and services.

Secure Data on the Open Web

Have you ever needed to transmit passwords or other sensitive data via a secure electronic channel? There are at least three services that will let you do so via a secure site. At its simplest, you would:

  • Visit the page and enter your data.
  • Copy the URL.
  • Send the URL to your intended recipient.

Depending on the service, the message will self-destruct after it's been accessed. The message will only be available for a limited time based on your choosing.

Securing Your Home Network

Without proper protection, your home network can be just as vulnerable to cyber-attack and intrusion as any public Wi-Fi. If you keep a home office, it’s that much more important that your data be secure.

Recently I bought a new router to replace the one we’ve been renting from our cable company. Next week I’ll provide a review on the router I wound up purchasing as well as some things on what to look for when buying a router.

Securing Data on Public Wi-Fi

The beauty of writing is that you can do it just about as effectively from your home office as you can from a coffee shop. The risk is that taking your work on the road means your data becomes vulnerable to hackers and other forms of intrusion, and more often than not, your privacy is compromised without your ever being aware. Chances are good that you trust all manner of financial information and other sensitive data to your laptop, none of which you would ever want to get into the wrong hands.

Why Carbonite?

Every good writer should try to stay ahead of the inevitable glitches that plague technology. The most dramatic of these can be the loss of one's hard drive, and to lose one's data without a backup system means you're probably glad to be up a creek without a paddle, because otherwise you would be wise to use that paddle upside your silly skull for not listening when people told you to keep a backup.

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