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Credit Card Security - Identity Theft

Aug 17, 2007
When a computer hacker steals your credit card information, it is known as "identity theft". The hacker can use your credit information to make purchases under your name. To be honest, it is not even that difficult for these experienced hackers to get your credit card digits. In no time at all, you can find out that you just purchased a Ferrari with your Visa card. If this sounds horribly frightening, don't think it can't happen to you. Identity theft occurs every single day in the United States. If you want some ways to understand this problem and deal with it, then read on.

Simple spyware can get all of your information:
With a simple spyware program, a computer hacker can detect every keystroke that you make on your computer. He or she can see all of your passwords, collect all of your credit card information, or your bank account information.

You may only have clicked on a small survey that popped up on your computer screen - but that simple little click you made just put the spyware right where it wanted to be: on your computer. Not all spyware is as malicious as the type that can steal your information - but why take any chances? This is why it is crucial that you get yourself some anti-spyware software protection.

Way out in cyberspace, spyware and malware are two dangerous types of viruses and worms that are your enemy. To protect yourself and kill them off, you need a top-of-the-line program such as Webroot Spy Sweeper, SpyBlaster, or Windows Defender. These programs and others can be downloaded directly from Internet web sites, and they can also be purchased in most computer stores. Your Internet cable or DSL provider can also provide you with free anti-spyware programs if you ask about them. The only thing you must remember is to update these programs frequently - daily, weekly, or monthly - however often you feel your computer needs it.

Trojan viruses open your computer wide up to hackers:
You may think that you have just downloaded a brand new snazzy screensaver for your computer. Wrong! You just got yourself a Trojan virus instead. This type of virus can seriously mess up your system as well as lead to the theft of your credit card information. By downloading that screensaver without running a virus check on it first, you just left your computer open to anyone to do just about anything with. Some hackers like to be funny and open and close your CD-ROM drive's door over and over again. But there is hope. A good, currently updated virus protection software program can scan all of your computer's files before such an awful thing happens.

Not only do most popular anti-virus programs come equipped with firewalls, but they are all fairly easy to operate and keep updated. Some popular anti-virus software programs currently include Panda Antivirus, Trend PC-cillin, The Shield Pro, Bit Defender 9, Norton Antivirus, Kaspersky 5.0, and McAfee Virusscan.
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