Identity theft protection

What is pharming and how should I protect myself?

Pharming is a Web attack where criminals are interested in obtaining your username and password from an e-commerce site or bank. Pharming can occur when you click a valid and correct link to a Web site or even when you have typed the URL of the Web site yourself. In a pharming attack, the criminal “hijacks” the intended site’s DNS (domain name system) server. The DNS is what points a certain address to a certain page. The result is that you are redirected to an imposter site that looks like your intended site.
International

What is pharming and how should I protect myself?

Pharming is a Web attack where criminals are interested in obtaining your username and password from an e-commerce site or bank. Pharming can occur when you click a valid and correct link to a Web site or even when you have typed the URL of the Web site yourself. In a pharming attack, the criminal “hijacks” the intended site’s DNS (domain name system) server. The DNS is what points a certain address to a certain page. The result is that you are redirected to an imposter site that looks like your intended site.
U.S.

Does the iPad make it easier for me to securely manage my personal data?

The iPad runs on the same operating system as the iPhone and uses Wi-Fi or 3G mobile data connections to browse the Internet, load and stream media, and install software. Therefore, security-wise, the iPad is the same as the iPhone. The iPad does make it easier to manage your personal data because it has a large screen that allows you to view whole Web pages, have a larger view of your e-mail, view photos and videos, organize your calendar and contacts, and a lot more.
U.S.

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.
International

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."

U.S.

Am I safer receiving e-statements than receiving paper statements?

Paper statements are often cited as a leading cause of identity theft, because someone can take them from your mailbox or trash and steal your personal information if you don’t take the time to shred them.  Electronic statements are a good alternative, but there are some precautions to take.

It is safe to receive electronic statements, which typically involve logging on to your bank or other provider with a secured Web session.  (To stay secure online, see our article, How do I make sure a Web site is safe when I shop online?).  
International

Am I safer receiving e-statements than receiving paper statements?

Paper statements are often cited as a leading cause of identity theft, because someone can take them from your mailbox or trash and steal your personal information if you don’t take the time to shred them.  Electronic statements are a good alternative, but there are some precautions to take.

It is safe to receive electronic statements, which typically involve logging on to your bank or other provider with a secured Web session.  (To stay secure online, see our article, How do I make sure a Web site is safe when I shop online?).  
U.S.

Pages

Subscribe to Identity theft protection