As more and more people are “going green” this includes decisions to recycle their old computer to charities, schools or even just dumping them thinking they are no longer working. But what about the information that is stored on those computers? Did you really erase your identity in the form of documents, spreadsheets, photos and other important information.. important to identity thieves that is!
The public has become more and more aware of using safe practices to protect themselves from identity theft. People are opting out of credit cards offers, shredding mail, carefully screening e-mails and using anti-spyware and keylogger programs. These practices help people avoid having their personal information stolen from their mail box or on-line, but what happens if your laptop itself is stolen? What happens then? And what if it is from a business, organization or government agency? How do we protect the information on our laptops?
What are the chances your computer has a bug? If you’ve used it for more than 30 days, the chances are high. In fact, 94% of personal computers have files that are corrupt and potentially damaging. It’s not uncommon for personal computers to have up to 200 errors. Just as human walk around and catch bugs from all kinds of different contact from shaking hands to pushing shopping carts or getting money from the ATM, your personal computer picks up “bugs” from wherever you may visit or download.
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The first case diagnosed as a computer “bug” occurred in 1945 when a Naval computer was not working due to a moth caught between the relays of the computer. Computer bugs, viruses and threats have come a long way since then as has the development of antivirus software and protection. Read more to find out just how it has all come about.
Actual statistics about online Identity Theft
I found this today and thought I would share it here. It’s a summary from ABA Creative Web Services about a study done on online shopping and Internet-related fraud.
It is a commonly held belief that Internet use increases the chance of Identity theft. Thanks to a study by James Van Dyke this has all proven to be hype. Mr. Van Dyke had a hunch that the belief the Internet was causing an increase in identity theft and credit card fraud was not valid. The research he conducted debunks many of the myths between online activity and ID theft.