Quick Ways to Spot A Romance Scam

Romance scams were the costliest cons reported to the FTC in 2019. Hopeful lovers lost over 201 million dollars representing a six-fold increase since 2015. How do romance scams work? Last fall, my dear friend Mary announced she was ready for love, and asked for help crafting an online profile. Around the same time, an…

Eight Urgent Steps to Reporting Identity Theft

I’ve been COVID-19 compromised! Someone stole my identity and applied for unemployment insurance on my behalf. How did they get my information? Most likely, as part of the Equifax data breach several years ago. If you haven’t installed a password manager or invested in creating strong passwords on all your accounts, the time is now!…

Why You Need A Password Manager

Well, it finally happened. I received the dreaded email announcing I’d changed my email and password on a popular online streaming site. The thing is,  I hadn’t.   Shoot, I’ve been hacked. But how? I know better than to reuse passwords across accounts, but I do it anyway (insert mental flogging here). So basically, if…

How to Create Unhackable Passwords

What do dating and strong passwords have in common? You! Passwords are a pain in the rear but they’re critical to preserving our digital security. Sadly, not every one we meet online, or in person, has our best interests at heart. Strong passwords provide a measure of security when meeting and communicating with folks online. …