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Online Piracy 101

Today we have a variety of legitimate streaming services providing the public with licensed television, film and sports content. Unfortunately, there are also countless illicit streaming services and websites offering stolen content and taking advantage of the hard work of others for unlawful gain. Pirate services seem attractive because of their low prices but these “deals” are illegal and come with many risks. Learn about content piracy here.

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That TV Show Download May Not Be What You Think It Is

Your computer and mobile devices store sensitive, personal information that hackers want to access. Account numbers, usernames, passwords, files, photos and emails are all targets. And the...
Global piracy costs hundreds of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars

Content Piracy: Taking a Big Bite Out of America

Infographic: Global Piracy of US-Produced television and film has a direct and significant negative impact on the American economy.

Is Free Content Worth the Risk of Infection?

Infographic: Downloading or streaming pirated content seems like a cheap and easy way to see that latest hit show, new file or big game, but illegal content comes with significant risk of malware.
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Identity Theft: Recommendations

Nobody thinks their identity is going to be stolen, until it is.  And it’s happening to more people each year.  Keeping sensitive, personal information...
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How to Know if Your Identity’s Been Stolen

Infographic: Downloading and streaming pirated content increases the risk of thieves accessing your network and computer.
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What’s the Harm in Creating a Free Account?

There are more than a few ploys criminals and hackers use to trick us into sharing valuable, personal information on the Internet. One is that pirates...
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Illegal TV Services That Make Big Promises Rarely Deliver

When we make a purchase, whether it be at a traditional brick-and-mortar store or online, we assume good faith on behalf of the seller...
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Avoid the High Price of “Free” Movies, Sports and TV Shows

Choosing a free or suspiciously low-cost option to watch that new movies or binge-worthy TV show can sometimes point you to illegal videos and...
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Are You Opening Doors for Identity Thieves?

Criminals looking to steal identities used to have to dig through dumpsters or steal mail searching for bank statements or unused credit card applications....