Identity Theft - 10 Simple Ways to Protect Your Good Name!

Written by Titus Hoskins

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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 torepparttar 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 implementingrepparttar 139529 above steps will give you added protection and peace of mind. Inrepparttar 139530 same light, don't let your guard down -- always be aware of your surfing habits andrepparttar 139531 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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Identity Theft

Written by Bob Osgoodby

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If you open a credit account, ask that a password be used before any inquiries or changes can be made onrepparttar account. Avoid using easily available information like your mother's maiden name, your birth date,repparttar 127585 last four digits of your SSN or your phone number -repparttar 127586 same holds true for pin numbers.

While there is not a whole lot you can do to prevent this, there are things you can do, to protect your credit if it does happen.

Contactrepparttar 127587 fraud departments of each ofrepparttar 127588 three major credit bureaus. (Equifax - - Experian - and Trans Union - All of them offer advice on what to do if there has been fraud committed. Tell them to flag your file with a fraud alert, including a statement that creditors should get your permission before opening any new accounts in your name.

If you discover that an identity thief has changedrepparttar 127589 billing address on an existing credit card account, immediately closerepparttar 127590 account, and requestrepparttar 127591 credit bureaus for copies of your credit reports. Credit bureaus must give you a free copy of your report if it is inaccurate because of fraud.

Regardless of howrepparttar 127592 thieves got, or usedrepparttar 127593 information, report it torepparttar 127594 police department. That way, if there is a question downrepparttar 127595 line, there will be an official report available.

Identity theft is a serious problem. If you feel that this has happened, immediately takerepparttar 127596 steps outlined above. When someone appropriates your personal information without your knowledge, it's a crime, pure and simple.

While it may cause you problems when trying to straighten outrepparttar 127597 mess, hopefully it will causerepparttar 127598 perpetrators even bigger problems. Those two Memphis men face millions of dollars in fines and several decades worth of prison time.

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