Watching Out for Identity Theft

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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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