EP 145 | Identity Protection Pt 1 of 2: Interview with Author of Swiped, Adam Levin

Welcome to The Retirement Years on Profit Boss® Radio episode 145! In this show, we discuss an extremely timely and scary topic: identity protection. I am so excited to have Adam Levin, founder of CyberScout, co-founder of credit.com and author of the critically acclaimed book Swiped, joining me for this show. Levin is a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance. He has distinguished himself for the last forty years as a fierce consumer advocate, and we are lucky he shares his insights with the Profit Boss® community! 

You don’t want to miss this week’s show where Levin answers the important questions like, “Why you should be concerned about protecting your identity?” and “How you can protect your identity?” So many people have asked him, “Why should I be worried about someone stealing my identity…I am a regular person?” But to a hacker, phisher or identity thief, you are Kim Kardashian. Join us as we take a deep dive into the world of identity protection. This episode contains many pertinent tips and facts that you can apply today to help safeguard your financial life. 

Thank you to Adam Levin for joining me today to help open our eyes on the importance of identity protection. Tune in to this week’s episode as we begin our discussion about how to protect your identity.

Here’s what you’ll find out in this week’s episode of Profit Boss® Radio

  • Why a hacker, phisher, or identity thief is interested in your identity
  • How can identity theft disrupts your life
  • How the authentication problem can be the solution
  • How can you be confident that the bank will refund your money in the event of fraud
  • The benefit of carrying credit cards over debit cards
  • How long you have to report fraud in your personal or business checking accounts
  • What to do when you refuse to share your social security number with an organization
  • Why you should not authenticate yourself when a business contacts you
  • The different types of hackers that exist today
  • What is phishing and spear phishing
  • Why Levin recommends freezing your credit
  • Tips for creating passwords
  • Benefits of utilizing a password manager
  • How you should you handle mail and physical documents
  • What precautions and safeguards you should take when traveling
  • Whether or not your computer be accessed if someone hacks your personal network
  • How using a connected device can expose your identity
  • BONUS! MoneyWise Segment: Resulting
    • What is resulting and how it affects you
    • What are the best and worst decisions you have made
    • Why it is best to follow future statistical data when it comes to decision making
  • What is Adam Levin’s 3M Identity Theft Protection Framework and how to use it
  • What are some identity theft or protection companies that Levin recommends
  • Why it is important to do research when it comes to protecting your identity
  • What is the Three Portfolio Theory and how it applies to your financial life

Resources and Related Profit Boss® Content Mentioned in this Episode

About Guest Adam Levin

Adam Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 40 years of experience in security, privacy, personal finance, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Adam is chairman and founder of CyberScout and co-founder of Credit.com. He is the author of “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves.”

Adam is an expert on cyber security, identity management and identity theft resolution. He wrote a weekly column for Huffington Post and ABC.com, and frequently contributes to other major media outlets such as Yahoo! AOL, MSN, Business Insider and TIME. He has also been a contributor to The Hill, Hollywood Reporter, WIRED and Bloomberg View. He is a frequent guest on television, and has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox & Friends, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and scores of radio stations throughout the country. His own show, Credit Line with Adam Levin, ran on KFWB in Los Angeles.

To learn more about Adam Levin, visit https://adamlevin.com/about/

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