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Do's and Don'ts of Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Magazine article Information Today

Do's and Don'ts of Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

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Identity theft, which has affected more than 28 million people since 2003 and nearly 10 million people last year alone, is on the rise. According to David A. Milman, founder and CEO of RESCUECOM, a national computer repair and support company, online users who have viruses, adware, spyware, or incomplete windows security updates are often prime targets for fraudsters.

Forty-five percent of last year's victims were unable to trace how their financial information was obtained, so it is difficult to guarantee 100-percent protection. But RESCUECOM offers several preventative steps to reduce your chance of becoming a victim:

* Get a copy of your credit report; save it to an external disk or other device.

* Make sure you have the latest antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your computer.

* Make sure to update your computer when Microsoft issues new updates and confirm that your Windows updates are configured properly.

* Protect all of your sensitive files by password. …

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