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Passwords obsolete under new security standards

The Obama administration urged the private sector Friday to develop methods that consumers can use instead of passwords to identify themselves online and, in some cases, in brick and mortar stores.

“The Internet has transformed how we communicate and do business,” said President Barack Obama in a statement accompanying release of a national strategy to safeguard identity on the Internet. Get the full story »

Illinois AG suing firm for identity protection charges

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Thursday she is suing a California company for charging consumers for identity protection services that they never requested.

The lawsuit, filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court, claims that ID Lifeguards Inc. of Glendale, Calif., charged $157,562 on the phone bills of 5,071 Illinois consumers between September 2009 and March 2010. Get the full story »

Identity theft is No. 1 consumer complaint of 2009

The Federal Trade Commission released the list of top complaints the agency received from consumers throughout 2009. The good news: Identity theft complaints dropped five percentage points from 2008. The bad news: They’re still at the top of the list, making up 21 percent of the complaints.

Find out what the top 50 complaints are at the Problem Solver’s blog.