Card Fraud: Are You In A High-risk Category?

September 29, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, eCommerce  |  1 Comment
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One of the most prominent crimes to come about in the internet age has to be identity theft. Since 2006, the rate of victims has been increasing steadily. Statistically the victims tend to be older, males with higher income. Also internet use has a positive correlation to the likeliness of being victimized by this crime. You shouldn’t be discouraged from online shopping though, it’s one of the cheapest, most efficient ways of finding items that you want to buy. It just means that you should keep in mind that card fraud does exist and it is in fact flourishing.

Things to keep in mind to keep you safe from fraud – Check to see if there is a padlock symbol at the top of the browser, make sure the web address starts with https, use credit cards instead of debit (makes it easier to spot if things are wrong and plus no funds are taken immediately), visit getsafeonline.org for advice on making payments online, and make sure the website you are visiting has an address and land-line phone number that works. In general it’s not a bad thing to heed on the side of caution when it comes to your identity being stolen! Don’t be a victim. [Infographic created by Ultra Magicard. View original: Card Fraud Infographic.]

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Healthcare Fraud & Medical Identity Theft [infographic]

September 28, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Health  |  2 Comments
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Have you ever heard of medical identity theft? I had not, but did you know medical identity theft is one of the most common and least preventable forms of identity theft? Using Personal Identifiable Information or PII, criminals can pay their medical bills under the name of unknowing citizens.

With over one million cases of medical identity theft a year, this is a very serious and prevalent problem. I can’t imagine getting billed thousands of dollars for a medical procedure I never had, yet I would be the one correcting the problem. It would cost me an average of $20,000 to recover after having my identity stolen for someone else’s healthcare. I don’t have $20,000. I bet most people don’t have twenty thousand bucks lying around to regain their identity from some crook.

This infographic perfectly emphasizes some of the biggest problems with the American healthcare system. Inaccurate patient identification seems like it shouldn’t be such a dilemma, but it has ruiend the lives of countless honest Americans. A simple patient chart misplacement can cause misdiagnosis or botched surgeries. Fixing these problems and streamlining the healthcare process are the only way we can improve the nation’s care for its citizens. [Patient Identification Systems]

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Gigantic Cars [infographic]

September 27, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Travel  |  No Comments
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It’s no doubt that American’s love everything bigger. From McDonald’s supersize it option, to big diesel trucks; everything seems to be bigger in America. And what do you know, you can even our cars have gotten larger over the years.

Today’s infographic shows how much larger our cars have gotten over the years. You can see how cars have evolved with the nuclear family; getting larger to adapt to the hustle and bustle of current family life. Although cars have gotten larger, you wouldn’t really be able to tell because they have gotten so much sleeker. Sleek means speed, and you’re going to need a whole lot of that to keep up with fast paced American life. [via]

 

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Sustainable Paper from Plantation to Product [infographic]

September 25, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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No matter where you stand, sustainability is an important issue. We must protect the earth if we want it to protect us. Efforts to use a little more sensibly are popping up all over the place. From the new, eco friendly plates and silverware in the college cafeteria to the prevalence of reusable grocery bags, the citizens are teaming up to combat unnecessary waste.

Today’s infographic gives us a peek inside how sustainable paper is made. Renewable trees from Indonesia have a cycle of 6 years, compared to the long North American cycle of 70 to 80 years. These trees can be planted, harvested, replanted and re-harvested in just 6 short years, making them extremely productive. We are then taken through the stages of paper production, from the lab to the mills and then shipped out for us to enjoy.

Are you making an effort to give our environment a helping hand? [Via]

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VPNs on the Rise [Infographic]

September 24, 2012 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Internet  |  3 Comments
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In the day and age where advancements to technology (specifically the Internet) are happening at such a high pace, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you’ve been left in the dust. Among all the new phones, tablets and even TVs that are seemingly coming out every month, the position of being completely technologically current is less and less stable. Some things are more permanent than others, though, while still advancing quickly; things like methods of connecting.

Today’s infographic is brought to you by StrongVPN.com and it explains the many helpful uses of having a VPN (or Virtual Private Network) on your connection. Let’s say you’re taking a vacation in a foreign country, one whose Internet restrictions don’t allow access to the same sites that you would normally go to. With a VPN you would be able to use an American or British IP so that you can still upload all of those fun vacation videos on the go. They even allow you to secure your browsing in public WiFi hotspots.

For more information on VPNs and their uses refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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