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Blake Dowling: Equifax – the mother of all breaches

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Last month, we saw a monster of a breach, from an entity supposedly on the extremely protected side of the conversation: Equifax. You may think just because you never gave them your information that they don’t have it.

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St. Pete attorney sues Equifax over data breach

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A St. Petersburg attorney is filing a first-of-its-kind suit against credit-ratings agency Equifax over a recent data breach that compromised millions of user Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and other personal information. Matthew Decell “Matt” Weidner is a Preeminent-rated attorney who specializes in foreclosure defense, consumer law, probate and trusts. He is president and managing partner at Weidner Law, a three-attorney firm based in St. Petersburg.

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Kick off 2016 by protecting your kid’s credit

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Thanks to the Florida Legislature parents can ring in the New Year by making sure their children’s identities are protected. More than 50,000 youngsters are the victims of identity theft each year in Florida accounting for more than $100 million in losses. A law created in 2014 allowed parents to freeze their children’s credit. Before that law, spearheaded by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, only adults could freeze their credit. The new year is a great time to be reminded…

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What happens when a child’s identity is stolen?

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Welcome to another installation of “my bad luck is your source for information!” About six months ago, I reported my identity had been used by someone somewhere to file an unemployment claim. I was lucky. All it took were a handful of phone calls, a few hours and some mildly aggravating music-on-hold in order to sort the matter out. But just because the thief hadn’t accessed any of my financial information, that didn’t mean I was in the clear. Bank…

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