It is better to stop identity theft from happening in the first place than have to fix or repair the situation afterwards. Steve Weisman reveals the threats of new identity theft attacks based on use of Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android, cloud apps, iPod, and other new technologies -- and shows you how to protect yourself, or how to fix the damage if you've already been attacked! Discover why ID theft is more dangerous than ever, and discover today's most dangerous new threats -- including attacks targeting medical records, personal finance and online banking sites, the elderly, and military service members. Meet the hackers and organized crime groups who want to steal your identity and money -- and learn how to protect your data and your life! Step by step, Weisman shows how to avoid risks, minimize risks you can't completely avoid, and immediately take the right steps if you're ever victimized. He objectively reviews new products and services that promise to fight identity theft, and previews emerging dangers, such as RFID credit cards. If you use a computer, the Internet, a smartphone, cell phone, tablet, or any other communications device, 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age isn't just an indispensable wake-up call: it's the world's best resource for protecting yourself!
Protect Yourself from Today’s Dangerous New Forms of Identity Theft! ∙ Prevent new ID attacks via Facebook, smartphones, iPads, Wi-Fi, and the cloud ∙ Offers today’s best techniques for fixing damage after you’ve been attacked ∙ Objectively reviews products that claim to help you prevent identity theft
Identity theft is more dangerous than ever! The bad guys are smarter, more sophisticated, more organized--and as we live more of our lives online, we’re exposing far more personal information to them. Now, identity theft expert Steve Weisman reveals today’s worst new threats and helps you systematically reduce your vulnerabilities.
Weisman shows how social media, mobile devices, and the cloud have created major new dangers and how groups ranging from local hackers to foreign organized crime syndicates are exploiting them. He offers indispensable new guidance for avoiding risks, minimizing risks that can’t be completely avoided, and quickly halting the damage after an attack.
Packed with checklists, sample letters, and other practical tools, this is today’s one indispensable guide to protecting what matters most: your identity!
Includes exclusive must-read information about new attacks on ∙ Senior citizens ∙ Children ∙ Military service members ∙ Anyone who’s recently visited a doctor or hospital
WalterGuy said: cyfan said: Numbers 1-49 in the top 50 should be: "Create and use a fake Facebook page."
Please explain why.
First, if I hack into your Facebook page, I can likely sign onto about another 100 sites as you. By looking at your Facebook page, I can often find pics you didn't want to get out (blackmail, embarassment). I can figure out what your kids look like and where they go to school (kidnapping and ransom). I can figure out where you go on vacation and when you're gone (breaking and entering, robbery). I can friend your teenage kids by "catfish-ing" them and find out anything I want I can use social engineering to pretend to be you on a fake facebook page or another social networking site (Twitter) using your own pictures. I'll have most of your friends/colleagues linked to me in no time. I figure out where your aging grandmother lives and use your Facebook info (family details) to trick her into handing over some cash. I can take your info over to LinkedIn and know where you work. I can call your work and your voicemail greeting will tell me when you're out of town, or on vacation. (Time to go visit your wife when she's alone.) I can show up at your work and social engineer my way past some of the people that you work with because I know all kinds of things about you and your co-workers.
Think I'm crazy? Some woman mistyped her email address when doing TurboTax online and she accidentally used my email address. So now I (in theory) have access to her online tax account and info. I'm not a "bad guy", so I didn't do anything with it, but it's easy to get access.
cyfan said: WalterGuy said: cyfan said: Numbers 1-49 in the top 50 should be: "Create and use a fake Facebook page."
Please explain why. Think I'm crazy? Some woman mistyped her email address when doing TurboTax online and she accidentally used my email address. So now I (in theory) have access to her online tax account and info. I'm not a "bad guy", so I didn't do anything with it, but it's easy to get access.
This isn't that far-fetched. This happened to me too where a woman (who happened to live about 30 miles from me) did the same thing. I called her on the phone - told her everything about herself, SSN, etc, etc before she believed me. Suggested she fix her account.
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