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Warning on how one could become a victim of ID theft

Learn how not to fall victim to identity theft.


Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft

You can fall victim to identity theft in the following ways:
  • Accessing the Internet from an unsecured PC. Without a security layer between your PC and the Internet, you invite hackers to steal your identity, destroy your files, or use your PC to attack others.
  • Obtaining potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) on your PC. Malicious PUPs such as spyware or adware may monitor your keystrokes, track your Internet sign-ins, transmit your confidential information, or redirect your browser to fake sites.
  • Sending personal identification information over the Internet. Hackers can easily retrieve sensitive data that is sent over an unsecured Internet connection.
  • Downloading files from friends and family or accepting unknown emails. You can obtain a virus, worm, or Trojan simply by accepting files from your friends, family, or others.
  • Not recognizing phishing scams or spam. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and web sites to lure unsuspecting users into revealing private account or sign-in information.
  • Leaving your wireless network unsecured. Since your wireless network's radio waves travel through walls, a hacker with a simple antenna could attack you from miles away to steal your information or to launch attacks from your PC.

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