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Protect Your Identity From Computer Theft

Jul 4, 2008
There are a few items you can start doing right now to help protect yourself from having your identity stolen online. These simple things, when used in combination with one another, greatly reduce the chances of having your identity stolen.

Strong Passwords Make The Difference

Make sure that you use different passwords for different accounts. If you only use one password, you risk having all of your accounts taken, especially if the thief knows that you are having other accounts. Make sure that you don't use passwords that are easy to guess like "password12" or something similar. Also, don't use your birthday, last name, your spouse's birthday, etc. because those are the easiest to guess. The best password you can get is to use a phrase like "the black kitty drinks milk 3 times a day" and make "tbkdm3tad". That is one of the strong passwords.

Make sure that you use only one credit card for online transactions, even if you have more than one. This way you will be able to keep an eye on any transactions that are made on your credit cards and it will be easier for you to spot any frauds.

Make use of a credit card rather than a debit card. Though many debit cards have online purchase safety steps, it is easier to fight fake charges than to refund debit card finances already used. When you make online transactions ensure that it is safe. If you are making your first transaction on the internet, make sure that the company you are dealing with is someone familiar or referred to you by a trusted one.

When buying from a certain site make sure that they guarantee your privacy in order to ensure that you identity is safe. Also check the logos of the companies and make sure that they are original.

You may receive emails that will tell you to update or change your email account, or you may receive emails that concern your credit card; my advice is to ignore and not to open those emails because they are fake.

Some people may use emails to gather information about your credit card or yourself so just avoid opening them. Make sure that you follow the tips above and don't trust anything that pops up on the screen.
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