I was surprised at how fast and easy I was able to tighten up the security and privacy settings on my personal Facebook page – and how many apps I had actually given access to.
Consumer Reports warning is to users who often use their email address as their user ID because it can increase the chance of hackers getting into any other accounts you have associated with that email/user ID.
For the last several years the data has not changed hardly at all. By far, the easiest way for criminals to get your information is to ask for it…..and they do. Because we are not forcing a change, they simply keep on doing the same thing.
Many people rely on online financial institutions for a number of services. You may have your IRA account, life insurance, and at least one bank account through an online company that doesn’t have physical offices. Without passwords . . .
There are three basic steps that can help keep your internet and email activities safe:
Chief technology officer at Eurosecure, antivirus vendor ESET’s distributor in Scandinavia, Anders Nilsson, revealed that the most common domain names for the leaked email addresses were aol.com, gmail.com hotmail.com and yahoo.com.
But gaining access to your password goes one step beyond what your personal profile may reveal, allowing them access to photos, activities and events even that you have marked for “friends” or “family” only.
Even a hacking stranger could find out lots of this information with a little research from social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace.
We’re giving you our lucky seven New Year’s Resolutions but remember that it takes more than luck to prevent identity theft. It really does take education and action.. .
Credit card theft is one potential and widely known problem, but there are plenty of other concerns for internet users. Even web sites that are not used to transact business still contain personal data that needs to be protected and shared computers represent the greatest threat.