Children are the perfect targets for identity theft, as it may go undiscovered for years. Most often this crime is committed by a friend or family member, but more and more often it is a result of online information.
Read more to discover how your child’s identity may be stolen and what you can do to prevent it.
MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites are some of the fastest growing uses of the internet for the promotion of bands, businesses, people and just staying in touch. However, there are some pitfalls with so much personal information in one place that is so easily accessible.
Read more to learn how MySpace and other social networking sites can put you at risk for identity theft and how you can avoid it.
ZoneLabs/Checkpoint is another company we have been hearing a lot about at Identity Theft Secrets, mostly because of their ZoneAlarm product, but also because of their suite of products dealing with Internet Security.
Here’s a screenshot of what Zone Alarm Pro looks like:
Here’s our interview with John Gable from CheckPoint (which again, is the company which makes Zone Alarm). (We’ll post the transcript soon.)
We’re going to be talking about a how you can get a free registry cleaner program called RegCure here (and perhaps other registry cleaners) very soon at IdentityTheftSecrets.com, but before we do, it’s important to start giving you some background on what a system registry is and what it does.
So, the Windows registry is a directory which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows.
The registry is a place where information and settings for all the hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, users, preferences of the PC, and a whole bunch of other stuff is stored.
Whenever a user makes changes of any significance within the computer, the changes are stored in the registry.
So, hopefully that makes sense?
After Windows introduced the Registry, it beame apparent that there was a need for a program designed to clean the registry, hence the name registry cleaner.
A registry cleaner is a type of program for Microsoft Windows operating system designed to attempt to remove unneeded or unwanted items from the Windows registry.
This can happen if you have had Spyware, Scumware, Adware, or another malicious program downloaded onto your machine, and it left behind traces of itself.
It could also happen for the less malicious but equally annoying situation where someone didn’t write an uninstall program correctly
Why might you need or want a registry cleaner?
As mentioned, some uninstallers for Windows software do not completely remove all traces of the software from the registry. If you’ve downloaded free software that may have malicious intent, or if you’ve downloaded software which may not have been designed with the best of intentions (have you been downloading free music using a program you got from some random site?), it’s possibly you have icky stuff sitting in the registry of your computer.
Some programs which are designed to do malicious things to your computer don’t come with uninstallers at all, and you end up manually removing them from your computer.
So what’s the big deal if someone steals your cell phone? Just get a new cell phone and all is well, right?
Well, not really. A cell phone can be an incredible resource for resourceful thief.
Well, recently, and email has been sent around talking about a woman who has changed her habits regarding the way she lists names in her cell phone.
Her purse was stolen, which contained her phone, credit cards, driver’s license, etc.
Download my interview with Roboform’s VP of Marketing and Promotions
——————— IDENTITYTHEFTSECRETS: This is Jonathan Kraft and I am here today with the VP of marketing for Roboform as well as a company called Siber that makes Roboform, Mr. Bill Kerry. How are you doing today Mr. Kerry? ROBOFORM (BILL KERRY): I’m doing great Jonathan, how are you doing? IDENTITYTHEFTSECRETS: I’m doing great as well, thank you for asking. And I’m really excited about interviewing you because I have loved personally using Roboform. I just think it has saved me… I cannot tell you how much time I think it has saved me in the last year and a half. I definitely couldn’t disount this program because of the time it has saved me in the past year. I tell people that it is the best thirty bucks that I spent in 2006. But, if you can just briefly talk about what was the reason that Roboform was created? ROBOFORM (BILL KERRY): Sure, no problem. Siber Systems, which is the parent company, that has been around since 1995, actually started off doing Cobol programming and some interesting things, trying to recover Cobol data files and stuff like that. And the way Roboform got started is our CEO had a need to secure his own passwords. He was tired of just trying to figure out a better way to do it (you know password protect a word document or just putting it into a text file) and he thought there has to be an easier way. And really he just created a really basic program, called it Roboform and put it out there on the web and that was around 2000. And it’s taken off from 2000 just being a small little kind of cool little free utility to really turning into a real business and you know, real software. He found that there was a need for it and we fast forward until today and we just crossed about eighteen million downloads of our product and it has been reviewed by a Who’s Who of the media. We have received all kinds of accolades like PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice, and CNET’s best software of the year and so, it’s kind of cool how just a neat little idea, something that was created for his own usage, turned into this big and reputable piece of software that we have today. IDENTITYTHEFTSECRETS: Absolutely. So he actually used it to protect his own passwords. What would be some of the things that he would have been using it to protect his passwords from? ROBOFORM (BILL KERRY): Well, it was mostly a way to safely secure your passwords and then to fill other forms online. But, protecting his passwords could have been from anything. There’s known hackers that can get into people’s computers and get your password and when you’re using, using passwords is a risky business. More people spend more time online and they are doing more things online. They’re banking and direct bill pay and all kinds of stuff and if someone were to discover you using your name and passwords for your accounts, they can steal your identity and really create a mess for you. So, you know the main reason for protecting, and to use secure passwords is to protect you from all, you know, from some of the bad things out there.
Someone recently showed me this free scan you can do through a company called ParetoLogic, who supposedly has the #1 best selling anti-spyware product on the Internet. It’s called XoftSpy SE, and appears to have some cool features (as far as anti-spyware is concerned) but I will be speaking with someone from this company shortly so that I can do a proper review of XoftSpySE here. [COMING SOON]
For now, you can listen to the audio of my interview with XoftSpySE by clicking below. Download my interview with XoftSpySE
If you want a free scan, or to read more about XoftSpySE and grab a registration code, you can do that here.
If you just want to download a copy (you can get your license key version later) you can download XoftSpy here
In this interview, Ed Dickson from the fraud war blog reports on the nature of fraud and how what’s going on in the world can affect your computer, your bank account, and your life.
We discuss free e-gold accounts, Western Union and money transfer fraud, data breaches and information loss, and more.
I recently realized that one of the VERY best things I did in 2006 was set up Roboform on my computer.
When I bought the program, I didn’t get a discount, so I spent $30 on this nifty little piece of computer code.
It’s a great program, and would have been worth whatever I paid for it (I’m exaggerating a bit, but I think having Roboform has been worth thousands of dollars to me). Roboform not only works, and does exactly what it says it will do, but it’s also saved me time (by saving my time typing), helped my memory (by managing my passwords), and has made my life more organized, not to discount the piece of mind the program provides from a security standpoint.