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Computers and Consumers - Understanding & Avoid Identity Theft

The Internet has given more than one billion people around the world, a way to find information instantly. The number of threats to consumer safety increases as the consumer is connected with several teams, companies and people online. The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"), the national agency for consumer protection, said that all Internet users should understand the importance of online safety and take steps to protect themselves.

Why the need for security and how to protect

The team: Part of a computer sophistication lies in its ability to connect to other computers via the Internet to provide information. When connected with other equipment, which opens to the transmission of information, which can create computer's vulnerability. Hackers can connect to the computer, scanning open ports, and access to unauthorized information about the user of the computer.

Most computers have an intrusion detection system ("IDS"), which monitors your computer for suspicious activity. When suspicious activity is detected, the IDS sends an alert that an intrusion has occurred.

An IDS by itself will not protect your computer from hackers and viruses entrants. Computer users also need to protect themselves with firewalls, which create a barrier between hackers and the team and help prevent unauthorized access to information.

The user of the computer: the computer user can also open the door inadvertently leading to a security breach, such as when the user is using the Internet to make purchases. According to the Office of the U.S. Census, USA e-commerce sales for 2007 were $ 136.4 billion. Although the Internet has made shopping much easier, it also increased the number of cases of identity theft. A study by the U.S. Justice Department reports that 6.4 million households experienced some type of identity theft in 2005. Consumers will also be open to increased unwanted SPAM e-mail called for when shopping online. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize risk when buying online.

Be careful when you send your personal email address. Consumers over the Internet to increase your chances of receiving spam e-mail when easy e-mail address to make a purchase. As mentioned earlier, hackers can access the consumer information by scanning ports are not secure. Consumers can help protect themselves only to provide information necessary to make the purchase. There are companies dedicated to protecting consumers from identity theft and SPAM e-commerce.

By providing payment information, consumers should always make sure the site is secure. An easy way to determine if a site is secure is to look at the web address bar at the top of the screen. The http, preceding the address should change to https when checking in a shopping site. The "s" indicates that consumers are buying from a secure page.

Finally, consumers should avoid using ATM / debit cards for purchases, such as failure of this information could gain unauthorized access to consumer information from the bank account. Use a credit card instead. Most credit card companies work on behalf of his client, if a hacker to steal information from your credit card. In many cases, the consumer is liable for $ 50 transaction.

When a smart consumer online stores and operates in conjunction with private websites FTC security and decrease the chances of being one of the six million families affected by identity theft.



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Part of a computer systems complexity can be found in its capability to hook up with other computer systems over the Internet to be able to carry you details. When it is linked with other computer systems, it reveals itself up for the indication of details, which can make weeknesses for the pc.

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lopezsimmon, thank you for the additional input to the thread.

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Hi Christian,

I want to add more tips regarding protect computer from identity theft.

a. Using anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keeping it up to date. You can download this software from ISPs or software companies or buy it in retail stores. Look for anti-virus and anti-spyware software that removes or quarantines viruses and that updates automatically on a daily basis.

b. Setting your operating system software to download and install security patches automatically. Operating system companies issue security patches for flaws that they find in their systems.

c. Being cautious about opening any attachments or downloading files from emails you receive. Don’t open an email attachment — even if it looks like it’s from a friend or coworker — unless you are expecting it or know what it contains. If you send an email with an attached file, include a text message explaining what it is.

d. Using a firewall to protect your computer from hacking attacks while it is connected to the Internet. A firewall is software or hardware designed to block hackers from accessing your computer. A firewall is different from anti-virus protection: while anti-virus software scans incoming communications and files for troublesome viruses, a properly-configured firewall helps make you invisible on the Internet and blocks all incoming communications from unauthorized sources. It’s especially important to run a firewall if you have a broadband connection because the connection is always open. Most common operating system software (including Windows XP and Vista) comes with a built-in firewall, but you may have to enable it.

e. Disconnecting from the Internet when you’re away from your computer. While anti-virus and anti-spyware software, along with a firewall, are critical protections when you’re connected to the Web, they’re not foolproof. Hackers just can’t get into your computer when it’s disconnected from the Internet.

f. Downloading free software only from sites you know and trust. It can be appealing to download free software like games, file-sharing programs, customized toolbars, and the like. But remember that many free software applications contain other software, including spyware.

g. Checking your “sent items” file or “outgoing” mailbox for messages you did not intend to send. If you do find unknown messages in your out box, it’s a sign that your computer may be infected with spyware, and may be part of a bonnet. This isn't foolproof: many spammers have learned to hide their unauthorized access.

h. Taking action immediately if your computer is infected. If your computer has been hacked or infected by a virus, disconnect from the Internet right away. Then scan your entire computer with fully updated anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Report unauthorized accesses to your ISP and to the FBI . If you suspect that any of your passwords have been compromised, call that company immediately to change your password.

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jonaspatrick, this really informative and educative about computer security/identity theft.

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Hey thanks Christian, Identity theft is fastest growing crime and need to fight against it.

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I agree with you, one of ways of fighting against Identity theft is through information by educating the masses about various activities going on, so that they will be well informed.


 

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