More_Identity_Theft_Solutions by marcusjames

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More Identity Theft Solutions

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Summary:
Identity theft is on the increase. It is one of the more serious threats
to internet users today. Keeping your internet security software updated,
and following these common sense identity theft solutions will help you
reduce the threat and keep you safe online.

1.    Beware of any email attachments that you receive. If you don't know
the sender, don't open the email. If it is from a friend or colleague,
contact them to be sure they intended to send it to you. Before opening
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Keywords:
identity theft, identity theft solutions


Article Body:
Identity theft is on the increase. It is one of the more serious threats
to internet users today. Keeping your internet security software updated,
and following these common sense identity theft solutions will help you
reduce the threat and keep you safe online.

1.    Beware of any email attachments that you receive. If you don't know
the sender, don't open the email. If it is from a friend or colleague,
contact them to be sure they intended to send it to you. Before opening
any attachment or program on your computer, be sure to run a complete
virus scan first.

2.    If you are downloading programs, music or videos online, be sure
the website is genuine and safe. Spy ware could be lurking in the
download, waiting for you to open it, so it can send your personal
information into cyberspace.

3.    Don't enter contests, giveaways, or websites that ask for your
personal information or credit card information for access. A simple
search on the internet will tell you if the contest or offer is
legitimate. Usually they aren't.

4.    Don't reply to emails that ask for your social security number or
your credit card information. Most reputable companies will not request
this type of information by email. If you are in doubt, contact the
company by phone to verify that they want this information.

5.    Change the passwords on your computer programs at least every three
months, and try to use a combination of letters and numbers that is at
least eight characters long. Don't use birthdays, addresses, or your
dog's name.
6.    Be careful on social networking sites. It is becoming common for
scammers to befriend people online to obtain their personal information
for fraudulent use.

7.    Get the best antivirus protection, and spy ware removal programs.
Use the Microsoft automatic updates to keep your operating system safe.
Be sure to scan your computer before doing any financial transactions to
get rid of any spy ware that could be lurking there.

Knowing how your identity can be stolen is part of the solution. Using
common sense and taking action to protect yourself and your family from
identity theft makes the identity thieves' job much harder. Share these
solutions with your family and friends to help put a stop to this
increasingly common crime.

								
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