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Old-School or Newfangled, Thieves Love Easy Victims

Old-School or Newfangled, Thieves Love Easy Victims

These are lean years for pickpockets. That’s what the New York Times reports in a fascinating profile of a man detectives describe as “one of New York’s craftiest pickpockets.”

I’d never thought about this before, still moving my billfold from rear to front pocket in a crowd. Old-school pickpockets apparently wanted cash. Today, young thieves have turned to high-tech methods like skimming ATMs.

Back to School? Don’t Forget Your Digital Education!

Back to School? Don’t Forget Your Digital Education!

It’s that time of year when the air may start to feel a little crisp. There’s a perfect stack of notebooks, waiting for the pen to hit paper. And a brand new favorite outfit.

Yep, it’s back to school.

As the kids return from camp, and those long, carefree summer days and nights move ever-closer to their August end, parents everywhere are gearing up for fall. (Okay, kids, it’s still July, but…)

Nowhere moreso than at the KidzVuz-sponsored back-to-school event at the recent Blogger Bash in New York. Inside a beautiful bright art studio in the Garment District, a couple of hundred parent bloggers and their lucky kids got a sneak preview of what’s new in toys, education tools and programs for fall 2014.

Waiter, No Chips, Please.

Waiter, No Chips, Please.

A month after I started working at LifeLock, I went out with coworkers. When it was time to leave, we handed the waiter our credit cards, and it took forever to get them back. He gave us a hard time because someone in our group had left early and paid separately, and apparently this was the end of the world! So we waited. And waited.

Eventually it all got sorted out, our cards were returned to us, and we went home.

Fast forward a week. I’m checking my bank statement and notice a pending payment I don’t recognize. After a little digging, I discover I’ve apparently attempted to purchase $150 worth of poker chips from an online store. I’m the sort of the guy who buys the 2-pack of playing cards for a dollar, so this didn’t seem quite right.

Saying “I Do” While Protecting Your Identity

Saying “I Do” While Protecting Your Identity

Editor’s note: We recently shared LifeLock news, gathered from Forrester Research, that newlyweds are eight times more likely to be victims of identity theft than the rest of the U.S. population. Here’s some great information to help newlyweds protect themselves. It comes from our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center

With the June wedding season behind us, newly married couples are back from their honeymoons and have hopefully finished writing their thank you cards. That ugly ceramic cow pitcher from a distant relative has been safely exchanged for something more practical, and settling into a new life as a family can finally begin.

From ID Theft Education … to Cupcakes

From ID Theft Education … to Cupcakes

The FBI-LEEDA/LifeLock identity theft training series has now officially taken place in all 50 states. As I gather my thoughts for this blog post, it’s hard not to get lost in the memories, experiences and relationships I’ve made over the past 5+ years training law enforcement.

Let me start at the beginning. It was October 16, 2008—FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock co-hosted the first identity theft training with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix, Ariz. During the development of the training outline and lesson plan, we knew identity theft was a growing concern among consumers and law enforcement. The training team figured out we were onto something good when 136 law enforcement attendees from 36 different agencies participated in that first session.