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Identity Theft Protection for the Technologically Advanced

By Amanda Randell
Published: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

If you’re one who is greatly dependent on the internet for, well, everything, then you are at an extreme risk of having your personal information stolen and hacked from you. Technology has made living easier, but it has also made it a lot easier for opportunists and criminals. Simply logging in a website or your personal e-mail, or entering your credit and bank account numbers actually opens the risk of you receiving sham e-mails, or in the worst case scenario, having your personal information being stolen.

Fortunately, technology gives us the answer. The solution is, of course, reducing the personal information you will have to enter. Here are three identity theft protection tips on how to keep your personal information safe while still being able to do business in the internet:

1.)    Beware of websites asking for too much information, especially if it asks for your credit and bank account numbers, or if it asks for your SSN. The internet abounds with hundred and thousands of bogus companies and opportunist thieves. If possible, confirm the website with the company through a phone call. Even then, choose to do financial and business transactions personally to avoid hackers.

2.)    Ten minute mailing. This is a very useful method if you want access to a website with a lot of benefits and membership favors such as being able to read and post articles, being admitted to discount codes and such. You wouldn’t want to let the website keep your email address.

The best thing you can do is to log on that website and click some links which will allow you to make a temporary email account at the site. You will be able to open this account through a webpage designed especially for this purpose. This temporary email address will allow you to do all you need to do within ten minutes. You are allowed to apply for another ten minute extension, giving you twenty minutes total, should you need more time.

Doing this will enable you to do business and financial transactions while keeping your personal information safe. Simply search for websites (most of which are free and do not ask for personal information) offering ten-minutes of mailing.

3.)    Logging on to a website that protects usernames and passwords, as well as your personal info. The trick is to search for websites with previously activated usernames and passwords which will let you access sites requiring personal information for registration.

The catch: you share the same username and password with hundreds, even thousands of people. This is, however, a very small price to pay, and is actually nothing compared to the identity-theft protection you will gain. Using this tip will allow you to access sites without putting personal information at risk of being hacked and having your personal email flooded with unwanted ads and spam.

Technology has doubtless been abused by thieves and criminals and is very dangerous if not used with caution. The good news is that technology can also be a friend. Always keep in mind the tips stated above when browsing websites. Remember that identity-theft protection should no be taken lightly, or you may lose a lot.

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