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Financial Crisis Fuels Identity Theft

Most Americans believe the world financial crisis has increased their risk of identity theft or related crimes, according to the latest Unisys Security Index.

The biannual survey of consumers in nine countries found that more than two-thirds of Americans are "extremely or very concerned" about other people obtaining and using their credit or debit card details -- with 90 percent at least "somewhat concerned."

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What other problems, besides breaking the law, can you have if you use file-sharing programs?

One big risk with file sharing programs is that they automatically make you a part of the sharing network, meaning people can upload files from your PC.  If you make a mistake, you can easily give people access to other information on your hard drive, like your tax returns, email messages, medical records, photos or other personal documents that could be used for identity theft.  Another common problem is that you can unknowingly download malware labeled as something else. 
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How does music and video file sharing work?

There are many legal ways to buy music and movies over the Web.  Unfortunately, many people illegally obtain and share music, movie and other files with file sharing programs.  It works by downloading special software that connects your computer to other computers running the same software.  The software lets you find music or other files on other people’s PCs and download it.  This is called a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, because every PC is both a client and a server.
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How does music and video file sharing work?

There are many legal ways to buy music and movies over the Web.  Unfortunately, many people illegally obtain and share music, movie and other files with file sharing programs.  It works by downloading special software that connects your computer to other computers running the same software.  The software lets you find music or other files on other people’s PCs and download it.  This is called a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, because every PC is both a client and a server.
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