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The latest 3 entries from the ID Theft - Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. blog

FTC to examine privacy issues with 'cross-device tracking'

Monday, May 11, 2015

By Mark Pribish
Vice President and ID Theft Practice Leader

Imagine a private investigator watching your every move and listening along the way as you go about your daily activities. Welcome to "cross-device tracking," the digital investigation and tracking of our entire online lives, from social media to general Web searches, regardless of the device or platform used.

Nearly every time you use the Internet from laptops, smartphones, tablets and wearable devices that interact with applications, platforms, publishers, and software, you are being tracked by advertising and marketing companies.

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Understanding Social Media Identity Theft

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Despite the critics who fear that social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others is making us less connected and less a part of live interactions, the internet really is a great tool for connecting people around the world. Whether it’s catching up with high school friends who’ve moved away or joining an online group who shares a common hobby, career, or interest, the internet is helping us find and engage with people we might have otherwise never met. Social media in a business setting is gaining more popularity, and with that, the opportunity to become a victim of identity theft is rising as well.

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Tax Season Theft & Fraud

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tax season seems to be one of the most stressful times of the year. Not only is there a lot of paperwork to prepare, but now we have the added fears of fraud and identity theft. This year, we’ve already seen a significant increase in fraudulent filings, and tax identity theft is one of the most difficult to detect. Usually, the only way you know a crime has been committed is when you attempt to file a legitimate tax return. Instead of receiving anticipated refunds, though, you receive a notice that a return has already been filed under your Social Security number.

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