Identity Theft and Spyware- The New Threat
Always Use Security Software
As an informed Internet user it is absolutely vital that you keep
your operating system up to date with that the latest
patches. We also recommend that you are running three types
of security software. We recommend a solid firewall,
package, and an anti-spyware
package. Naturally it is important to not only use these products
but to keep them up-to-date with the latest definitions and patches.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of safety though. Even
with a strong defensive perimeter it is still possible to get hijacked
or infected. Use caution and common sense. Above all: Don’t
Do not pre-print your checks with your social security number
or your driver’s license number. Never permit your credit
card number to be written onto your checks. When you order new checks
arrange to pick them up at the bank and not to be dropped off at
your residence. If possible, never take more checks then you actually
need when going out.
Hope on The Horizon
Starting in May of 2004, victims of identity theft will be able
to alert banks, credit card companies and law enforcement with one
call under a pilot program announced by the Financial Services Roundtable.
The Financial Services Roundtable represents 100 institutions handling
about 70 percent of the U.S. economy's financial transactions. They
are creating an Identity Theft Assistance Center to help fight the
rising incidence of the crime. The safest bet is to minimize your
risks and practice good privacy.
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intended as, nor should it be construed to be, legal, financial
or other professional advice. Consult with your attorney or financial
advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues involved with credit
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