August 18th, 2014
Restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s has announced more details about a security breach it first reported in June. In a recent press release, the company reported 33 restaurants in 18 states across the U.S. were affected over the span of eight months, from October 2013 to June 2014.
On June 10, the U.S. Secret Service alerted the chain of a possible security breach. The breach was contained the day after, and the company has been securely processing card data since June 11. In its ongoing investigation, the company discovered that credit and debit card numbers, names and expiration dates may have been compromised. However, it has not yet determined whether any specific customer’s information was stolen.
October 14th, 2013
For one out of four Americans, “cash only” is a way of life. 17 million Americans lack access to any type of formal bank account and are classified as “unbanked.” In addition, 51 million Americans do access basic bank services such as a savings account, yet they still rely on alternative financial institutions as well. These individuals might frequent check-cashing joints, fall prey to payday lenders, and often incur exorbitant fees associated with such alternative banking methods.
August 6th, 2013
Summer travel is in full swing and many of us are getting those last minute trips in before the sun sets on summer. While vacations are about relaxing and being stress-free, they can also leave us more susceptible to identity theft. It continues to be the fastest growing crime in America. According to the credit bureau TransUnion, every minute 19 people fall victim to identity theft. How can Americans keep their personal information from being compromised while getting some much needed R&R? Here are four easy-to-follow tips that can help you better protect yourself while on vacation.
March 6th, 2013
Up to this point, all of our National Consumer Protection Week blog posts here at the Credit Karma Blog have covered ways to help protect you. First, we mentioned some ways to keep your money safe. Then, we discussed how to spot and avoid credit repair scams. Finally, we shared some good ways to protect your credit. This post is going to be a little different. And we sincerely hope you won’t need to read it, because today we’re going to talk about what to do if you’re a victim of identity theft.
March 5th, 2013
So far for National Consumer Protection Week we've covered 4 Ways to Keep Your Money Safe and How to Spot and Avoid Credit Repair Scams. Today we’re talking about what you can do to protect your credit from things like fraud and errors. Read on for five of our best tips.
October 15th, 2012
When I started college, the internet wasn't the machine it is today. You couldn't apply for a credit card online. It could only be done over the phone, via snail mail or on a college campus, where credit card companies would set up tables and advertise to new, wide-eyed college students. Sure enough, I was one of those new college students who knew nothing about credit cards, and I applied for my very first card.
September 19th, 2012
Facebook connects more than 800 million people across the globe. But the world’s largest social network can sometimes leave users wondering if their connections are putting their security at risk. There are strategies you can take to limit your vulnerabilities to a burglary or theft. By using sound judgment and enabling Facebook’s advanced security layers, you can better protect your privacy and limit what others see and know about you—particularly those unsavory types. Follow these five tips to stay safe on Facebook and other social media sites:
September 7th, 2012
The experts always advise that you check your credit reports regularly because you never know when someone may steal your identity or the credit bureau messed something up on your report. The statistics are not on our side.
May 2nd, 2012
You might think it can’t happen to you, but it happened to 11.6 million American adults last year alone. In 2011, reports of identity fraud were up 13 percent from 2010. This increase might have you wondering if you should start paying for identity theft insurance. But is it worth it? Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of identity theft insurance.
April 27th, 2012
Credit Karma’s brand-new free credit monitoring is, by far, our most popular feature (after free credit scores, of course!). Announced in January of 2012, daily credit monitoring can help you protect your credit and identity. And best of all, it’s free at Credit Karma.