Computer safety is even more important to employ in this threatened economy we now find ourselves experiencing.
The state of the economy has also increased identity theft to alarming rates.
A large majority of people now carry their laptops with them and conduct their business on the go.
These same people will also be inclined to stop at a bookstore, library, coffee shop, hotel and airport, to stay ahead of their email.
Go to computer identity theft to learn about a cyber scam that just happened.
Any establishment that offers a Wi-Fi network connection to the Internet needs to immediately raise a red flag about your computer safety.
All you are going to do is check out your email and see if something needs to be taken care of right now.
What can that hurt?
These places have a safe environment right?
You assume you have computer safety when you are logging in to a network you are safe, when in reality you may really be connecting with a criminal.
Tools for hacking are easily and very readily available. You can also go online and buy these items, sometimes these are even free tools.
The possibilities are limitless.
Over the years I have also heard people say they have all their legal information online, such as a will, trust etc.
This greatly increases your chance of becoming a victim of identity theft online.
It is also extremely difficult to know what kind of information, or how your information, was stolen.
Wow! I can't believe how inventive some people can get. It's too bad their creativity can't be used in a legal and constructive way. Computer safety has to be a priority.
The areas attacked can include your instant messenger, e-mail, web sites, phishing, passwords, spyware and viruses.
They provide a link for a web site for you to type in your requested information and you are told your account will be suspended if you do not provide the information.
Grammar and spelling errors are common in these e-mails and look like the person who wrote it has a lousy command of the English language.
Clicking on the link in the e-mail takes you to a web site that is not really the web site of the company mentioned in the e-mail.
Before we all had computers, I remember my mom and dad telling us kids not to let people "fish" (we spelled it the proper way back then) for information.
Things sure have changed!
If someone started to ask a lot of questions, we were to say nothing and walk away.
The same applies now. We just need to say nothing, electronically speaking.
Go to computer worms to learn what dangers can infect your computer.
The browser provides encryption and allows you to navigate the internet.
Using the most up-to-date version of a browser also makes sure you are using the latest version of Encryption technology.
This is also a good way to help ensure accuracy of the charges to your card and to keep a record of all internet transactions.
Important! Because of cyber identity theft, you should make sure the web site you are accessing will be authenticated by digital certificates and that the VeriSign logo will also appear on the web site.
This is so important for computer safety.
The merchant usually sends you an e-mail to provide you with a receipt/confirmation of your order and when it will ship.
Make sure you check your e-mail after completion of an order.
Reading the policy will tell you that personal information you provided will not be sold or disclosed to others, but will be kept confidential.
It's a pain to do, but please read it and make sure everything is safe.
It's more of a pain if cyber identity theft happens to you because the thief steals and uses your personal information.
Important!First and foremost, unless you are positive whom you are dealing with, Never, Never be free giving out your ID or password online. Do Not give this out, even if your ISP asks for it.
Cyber identity theft happens when thieves see this request as a scam to get your personal information.
Minimize the risk and make it harder for a scammer to access your accounts.
Always be diligent in the type of personal information you post when using social networking sites.
You can help yourself even more in the fight against identity theft if you use one of the following tips for ordering online:
You then select the card that is defined in your "Wallet" so you can make your purchase.
The amount is added to your monthly bill when you make your purchases.
You purchase this card for a certain monetary amount and when you use the card, the amount of the purchase is subtracted from the balance of the card.
We all tend to believe, "It can't happen to me". It Can and Will happen to you if you aren't diligent in defending your computer safety. The chances of identity theft happening to you have reached epidemic proportions.