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How To Protect Your Identity Online

Jun 11, 2008
It is hard to imagine but just by innocently downloading a file from the Internet, your identity can be compromised. Most of the time, files are from a trusted source. But all it takes is the downloading of one corrupt file for your computer to be infected with a virus, worm or spyware and then you are in danger of becoming a victim of identity theft.

To keep this from happening to you, it is important to keep the security settings on your computer up to date and never download a file unless you know it is safe.

The newer operating systems such as Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and ME have options for automatically updating security systems. The older systems must be updated using Microsoft updates.

Being sure that your computer is free of these unwanted programs will protect you from thieves trying to gather personal data for identity theft.

Other ways to protect your computer and your identity is to use a firewall. Programming your anti virus software to scan incoming email attachments will also keep your computer and personal information safe from identity theft. Block unwanted email messages with a spam blocker to further reduce the number of potentially threatening email messages you receive.

If your computer becomes infected with a virus or spyware, it is important to remove it as soon as possible. The longer your computer is compromised, the higher your chances of your personal information being compromised. Some programs on your computer can help you remove viruses and spyware. But if you are unable to do this yourself, seek out the help of computer technician.

So to stay protected online, update your security settings often, run system scans for potentially harmful programs regularly, don't open emails or files from unknown people or source.

Only download files from trusted sources on the Internet. Do all these things to protect yourself from identity theft and other potential online dangers.
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