Medical identity theft has become one of the fastest growing forms of identity theft in the United States. More than 2.3 million cases were identified in 2014, a rise of 22 percent in just one year, and the numbers have continued to accelerate. The Federal Trade Commission reported a 40 percent jump in cases in 2017.
After almost two years since the huge breach of its customer database, Equifax has settled most of the legal action against the company. If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax Data Breach, find out more about the settlement here.
Whether a business owner or consumer, your security risks at the holidays go up significantly. Here’s the good news: as complex as it seems technology continues to get, the biggest defense against online security issues is most often common sense.
It’s a wonder identity thieves didn’t figure out years ago that stealing a person’s identity and filing a false tax return was so easy. It’s become a cottage industry for thieves, but we have some advice that will help.
Here’s a sad, but true fact: Employees are the number one cause of business security breaches. But, there are things you can do to keep your information out of the hands of the wrong people.