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5 things all Anthem customers should do after the massive data breach

The Anthem data breach revealed last week could affect up to 80 million people, and the investigation into the scope of the crime is just starting. Any breach that exposes data from millions of customers (or even thousands really) is bad, but the Anthem breach is actually worse than retail breaches like Target because of the type of information that was compromised. 

 

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5 things all Anthem customers should do after the massive data breach

The Anthem data breach revealed last week could affect up to 80 million people, and the investigation into the scope of the crime is just starting. Any breach that exposes data from millions of customers (or even thousands really) is bad, but the Anthem breach is actually worse than retail breaches like Target because of the type of information that was compromised. 

 

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Are any countries using NFC-capable mobile devices for identity applications?

Some government initiatives are looking at putting identity information within the secure element (SE) of NFC-capable devices. Because the SE is so trusted, it is very feasible to store driver’s licenses, government and healthcare identity cards right within the mobile device.

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How can I prevent identity theft?

Here are some great ideas to help prevent identity theft.

1. Educate yourself about how identity theft happens. Remember you are the most important part of your identity and personal information security.

2. Protect your personal information. Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information; don’t just throw them in the trash.

3. Don’t make your wallet a one-stop-stealing opportunity. Don’t keep social security numbers, birthdays and other personal information in your wallet.

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What do I do if I think I have been phished?

If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, do not respond, download any attachments, or click any links within the email. You can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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What do I do if I think my identity information was lost or stolen, but I am not sure it has been used?

Having your identity information stolen can be a very frightening experience. Luckily PCWorld offers a few tips to limit the potential for damage caused by lost or stolen identity:

1. Change your passwords

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Should I be as concerned about fraud on the telephone as I am with online fraud?

Fraud of all types is a widespread problem that requires constant vigilance. A January 2012 survey by the UK’s National Fraud Authority found that 9.4% of adults had been a victim of identity theft fraud in the previous 12 months. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9% of fraudulent offers come through the telephone and 29% of fraudulent product purchases are made by phone.

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Should I be as concerned about fraud on the telephone as I am with online fraud?

Fraud of all types is a widespread problem that requires constant vigilance. A January 2012 survey by the UK’s National Fraud Authority found that 9.4% of adults had been a victim of identity theft fraud in the previous 12 months. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9% of fraudulent offers come through the telephone and 29% of fraudulent product purchases are made by phone.

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Do cloud providers offer identity verification?

Because you trust a cloud provider with your personal and/or corporate information, it is important that they verify your identity each time you log in. The best kind of identity verification tool is some sort of two-factor authentication device. Two-factor authentication is “something you know,” like your username, and “something you have.”

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