7 Weapons to Defend Against Identity Thieves
More than 8 million Americans were the victims ofÂ identity theftÂ last year, according to a recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research. But protecting yourself doesnâ€™t have to be complicated. “Common sense combined with a high-quality cross-cut paper shredder goes a long way,” says Lt. Col. Gregory Conti, director of West Point’s Cyber Security Research Center. Here are seven practical tips to help you guard your information and stop identity theft.
1. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
If you are tricked into clicking on a phishing email or otherwise leave an unprotected computer open to attack, criminals will try to download malicious software, or malware, that will track your keystrokes and use your computer as an identity-theft tool. “If your hard drive is running all the time, you probably have malware on your PC,” says Tom Shaw, vice president of fraud and anti-money laundering at USAA.
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