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Initial steps to avoid/prevent “Identity Theft”

January 14, 2012 | In: online theft, scam, theft

Ok this post is unique (i know) but we live in ‘Information Age’ and the threat for Identity Theft is really alarming. The badguys called ‘Crackers’ are working 24/7 using their scripts/tools to crawl the web for their next prey.

Their favorites are ’social networking sites’ like Facebook and Twitter. They collect people’s real fullname, birthdate, residence, mobile number that they will use to steal your bank account and then you guess, your money.

Another point of attack is your local bookstores, drugstores and other stores that offer ‘privileges’ for frequent buyers/users/patrons. There is really ‘danger’ putting your ‘real’ personal informations with these kind of establishments because I don’t really think this kind of shops will invest on the security of the users information they gather because it’s not really their business, it’s just a ‘promo’ or extra offer to get more customers.

Will they get a ‘Security Consultant/Ethical Hacker’ to audit their infrastructure that holds their customers’ info every quarter or even yearly?

Another is what probably in your pocket/bag right now, your mobile phone. On recent CNET report, malicious apps in Android doubled in six months.

What these apps do primarily is collect your informations, your account in Android Market, your Contacts’ phone numbers and names and everything they can.

So what do you suggest? Probably you’re asking me that question. Well for me, i really don’t use real info on joining social network. Avoid using your ‘firstname.lastname@email.com’ in joing these sites.

You already gave your vital information from your email address alone. Use that kind of email for your ‘trusted’ and ‘known’ people only as much as possible.

Don’t use this kind of email too for your android phone to register, use other email, it’s free anyway, you can create as many as possible. They collect people’s real fullname, birthdate, residence, mobile number that they will use to steal your bank account and then you guess, your money.

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