Identity theft protection

Should I be as concerned about fraud on the telephone as I am with online fraud?

Fraud of all types is a widespread problem that requires constant vigilance. A January 2012 survey by the UK’s National Fraud Authority found that 9.4% of adults had been a victim of identity theft fraud in the previous 12 months. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates that 9% of fraudulent offers come through the telephone and 29% of fraudulent product purchases are made by phone.

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Do cloud providers offer identity verification?

Because you trust a cloud provider with your personal and/or corporate information, it is important that they verify your identity each time you log in. The best kind of identity verification tool is some sort of two-factor authentication device. Two-factor authentication is “something you know,” like your username, and “something you have.”

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Simple Steps for Reducing Your Chances of Identity Fraud

New research show that last year it took victims less time to discover they’d been hit by identify fraud. But that’s nothing to celebrate. Those who monitored their accounts online noticed the fraud in less than two weeks. In contrast, other victims were unaware that anything was amiss for months. Simple, yet overlooked, steps can greatly reduce the likelihood you, or someone you love, will be a victim of identity fraud.
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Michelle Singletary: Watch out for social media scams

Your social media account on Twitter or Facebook may have connected you to a forgotten classmate or sweetheart, but it can also lead you straight into the hands of a predator.

All this Internet openness has made it much easier for people to be preyed upon by con artists who specialize in affinity fraud, using someone’s connection to certain groups to gain their trust and ultimately their life savings.
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Does my SIM card have a serial number? Is it the same as IMEI?

Yes, your SIM card has a serial number and it is different from your IMEI. You can normally find your SIM serial number (SSN) on the side of the card. The SSN typically has 19 digits and contains specific details about your operator, your location, and when it was made. The SSN is sometimes called the ICC-ID (Integrated Circuit Card ID).

See: What's my SIM card serial number for?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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What do I do if I think I have been phished?

If you think or know you have been phished, report the phishing email to the proper authority. For example, if it's a credit card phishing email, report the email to the issuing bank. If you have given your banking or credit card information, immediately close the account and open a new one. In the future, be suspicious of all unsolicited or unexpected emails you receive, even if they appear to come from a trusted source. Your bank will never ask you to confirm any of your personal information by clicking a link to visit a Web site.

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