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Tips on Internet and Computer Identity Theft Protection

By Amanda Randell
Published: Friday, October 9th, 2009

We cannot deny the fact that Internet and computers can be the source of identity thieves to steal information about your identity. Thieves can now have access to your bank accounts, credit cards and other benefits that you should only receive.

What protection steps can you do so that you can stop identity thieves? There are identity theft protection services that are becoming popular. They can monitor your credit reports for you. They let you know if anyone opens any kind of account at all in your name. They can help you fight back to recover any fraudulently charged funds

However many other people cannot afford the services offered by such companies giving identity theft protection. Here are ways you can do to protect your internet and computer from hackers.

You can install a firewall on your home computer to prevent hackers from obtaining personal identifying information and other pertinent information saved in your hard drive. This is really important if you connect to the Internet through cable modem.

It is better to update your virus protection software. This way, virus and worms can be detected and will stop it from causing your computer to send out files or other saved information. It can also prevent unwanted programs not to be installed in your computer that can capture sensitive data.

Always create a password for the protection of your financial files. It is better if you would create six to eight numbers and letters, upper and lower case combination as your password. You can also encrypt sensitive files.

You should do business with companies that provide a secure transaction when you do your shopping online. You should read the terms and conditions of their privacy and security polices. Never give important information with online companies that do not have strong privacy and security protection to their customers.

Use a strong wipe utility program to erase data from your computer. Do not trust on delete function to dispose files especially if it contains sensitive information. Some people are so technologically genius that they can retrieve deleted files from computers.

Never trust phishing email messages. Be aware that these messages appear to be from your bank, credit card Company, e Bay, or PayPal. They would instruct you to visit the website which looks like the website of your bank.

Be alarmed if they would instruct you to give your account information, your Social security Number, birth date, and other important information. These can be works of identity thieves planning to obtain significant personal information from you. Real companies do not sent requests like these.

Avoid the use of file sharing and file swapping programs that can expose your computer to illegitimate access by hackers and fraudster. Install and update firewall and virus protection to detect such questionable activities in your computer.

It is advisable for you to minimize storing sensitive information on your computer. It can be hacked and stolen by criminals. Better keep it in a secure place that nobody can find easily.

Never post personal information to an untrusted website. These websites are open to many viewers, and some viewers may be likely identity thieves.

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