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?Identity theft can be devastating. It can rob you of your credit, your good name, and even your valuable time. Recovering from this crime can take you many months and cost you money. Identity theft over the internet is nearly invisible, making it easier for thieves to use your information for their gain. These days it is important to protect yourself and take as many precautions as you can to prevent identity theft from ever happening to you. Internet Safety In order to protect yourself from identity theft, internet safety precautions must be in place. Spyware, malware, and viruses can steal your information without you ever knowing. It is important to utilize virus and malware scanning and removal software. Even the use of free programs, such as AVG Free, will help to protect your valuable information. A good firewall should also be in place and will help to keep unwanted intruders out. Zone Alarm offers a free downloadable firewall. There are also many virus prevention and firewall programs that are available for purchase. Typically, virus protection software that you pay for offers additional benefits in the form of support that free programs do not. However, no matter which types of programs you use, they will all do their best to protect you. For best results, schedule your virus protection software for regular scanning of your computer. You will be alerted if any type of malicious activity has occurred. It is important to keep you computer clean and free in order to protect your information. Monitoring Your Credit Information In addition to computer software, you should check your credit regularly. Six month intervals between credit checks would be sufficient. By closely examining your credit, you can be aware of accounts that have been opened in your name and have used you information. If you have checked your credit and have noticed accounts you are unaware of opening, you must contact the credit agencies immediately. They will provide you with the steps to take in order to clear up any identity t heft. Credit companies also offer crediting monitor programs for an additional fee. These programs can alert you right away when any accounts are opened up under your name and are very helpful if you are worried about your information being stolen. With the use of these precautions, you will be able to safely surf the internet and protect your valuable identity.
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