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4. Don't store your vital information (credit card numbers, family information, passwords, etc.) on your personal computer, instead store it on CDs or floppy disks or on a computer that is not connected to Internet.
5. If you use passwords, make sure they are hard-to-guess passwords. You should have passwords that are at least eight characters long - consisting of a mixture of numbers, upper case and lower case letters. Many security experts suggest changing your passwords regularly.
6. Never open emails from people you don't know. Especially, don't open any attachments until they are properly scanned for viruses and spyware.
7. Be aware of phishing - this is where you get an official looking (though fake) email from companies that you may be doing business with - never use a link in these emails to provide personal information. Always open a new browser window and type in your 'own' links you have for these companies or sites. Most secure connections will start with "https://"
8. Regularly check your operating system and download any updates that may contain security patches and fixes for your PC.
9. Use an encryption service if you can. This will also help in protecting your vital data from prying eyes.
10. Always shut down your computer when its not in use - especially if you have a cable Internet connection. And make sure you know who is using your computer. Keep track of family members or friends who have access to your computer.
No doubt there are many more ways to protect yourself against Identity Theft but following and implementing above steps will give you added protection and peace of mind. In same light, don't let your guard down -- always be aware of your surfing habits and information or programs on your computer. Keep a close eye on your PC; any slow down or unorthodox operations should be checked out immediately. Scan your machine regularly, and check out any unauthorized attempts to access your computer. Keep your machine clean.
Believe it or not, a little common sense will go a long way in stopping Identity Theft and keeping your good name safe!
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Copyright © 2005 Titus Hoskins of www.bizwaremagic.com.
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