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Author Topic: Beaware of ¨online thieves¨, Protect yourself offline and online!  (Read 3482 times)

Gustav748

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This is also becoming America´s  number one fastest growing crime problem. We all have to be aware of this Issue. Identity online thieves will steal your money from your accounts and savings, run up enormous credit card bills, obtain passports and other official documents, empty bank accounts even using their ill-gotten gains to fund other crimes, such as drug running and terrorism. And withouth necessarily breaking into your home!!

In the near future, almost everything will be online, all the transactions, purchases, reservations, even work, so here are some tips to identify and avoid Identity theft:

1. Monitor your financial information: Please check your Bills and look for unknown purchases and charges, do not provide you financial information to unknown websites, change constantly your password and memorize them.
2. Beaware of impostors: Do not believe in everything that people say in Publicity mails or Spam (practice safe email protocol); this is the most common way to theft. Avoid questionable websites.
3. Stay Safe online: If you are going to do any financial transaction online, It needs to be done in a Secure place (use public computer with extreme caution), even if you are from home you have to stay safe using a good protection program.(Spywares uses your Internet connection to transmit your information to identity thieves)

Another important step in avoiding online identity theft is making sure that you have the best security software products installed on your PC:

  • Use Antivirus Protection
  • Use Anti-spyware Protection

OK! Good Luck and be Safe!!

« Last Edit: November 09, 2010, 06:43:03 PM by admin »

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Re: Beaware of ¨online thieves¨, Protect yourself offline and online!
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 04:09:23 PM »
Hello, I'm new to the forum, but this caught my attention. I work in the information security field (network security/architecture) and can tell you that it's a bigger problem than people often realize.

Running a good firewall, spyware, and antivirus product on every PC is a must. Here are a few quick tips that might help:

-Be sure you have an active antivirus update subscription. It might seem lame spending $ every year on it, but you need those updates because new viruses are created every day. 

-Use a hardware firewall in addition to a software firewall (if you can). Most wireless routers give firewall capability.

-Use WPA/WPA2 encryption for wireless connections. It takes about 10 minutes to crack a WEP encrypted connection, so make sure you're using a WPA variant.

-Get your Microsoft updates (security patches) regularly (or Max/Linux, etc if that's what you use). Missing security patches are one of the biggest weaknesses in most PCs. Windows can do them automatically if you're not comfortable doing it manually.

-Restrict admin/power user rights to users. This will keep people from installing junk off the internet that is misleading.


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Re: Beaware of ¨online thieves¨, Protect yourself offline and online!
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 10:35:13 PM »
Never use easy-to-guess passwords, such as your pet's name, girlfriend's name or number, or social security number. Use a set of passwords that are alphanumeric and 6-15 long and
hard to guess! Try to update your firewall, antivirus, and trusted pc security devices to protect your online transactions.
<a href="http://sentrysecurity.com/">security specialist from Chicago</a>

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Re: Beaware of ¨online thieves¨, Protect yourself offline and online!
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 09:43:30 PM »
This is really good information. I can't even count how many times I've gotten emails (luckily most sent to my junk folder) that claimed to be everyone from Bank of America to Chase to Capital One, and I don't even have accounts there! All trying to get you to give up all your personal information in their elaborate phishing schemes, which are sadly getting more and more authentic looking.

Especially with all of the email addresses recently hacked from Epsilon, I would expect a definite rise in these type of phishing emails.

My number one tip that I always tell people - at the very LEAST, never even respond to one of these emails unless it specifically addresses you by name. This cuts down on 90%+ of the phishing emails out there. (The other 10% are likely phishing too...because none of these reputable places will ever ask you for your personal information - because they already have it in their system!)

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Very useful information shared in this post .thanks alot
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Re: Beaware of ¨online thieves¨, Protect yourself offline and online!
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2011, 03:41:57 AM »
thanks for the information, in addition to this topic especially on your email inbox, Don't you ever try to click on the links provided saying anything that catches your attention, that link might contains a key logger, once open your email address password will unhide from the hackers end and try to uncover everything whatever you have from your email.

So be cautious enough from every email you received in your day to day job...   

 

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