5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity
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Protect Yourself Online
Virus protection software is an absolute necessity on any computer (even on Macs), and you should schedule regular, automatic virus scans. Avoid file-sharing programs, since viruses can be embedded in downloaded material.
Q: In the next six months, I plan to:
Start banking online.
Start investing online.
Research financial information online.
I already do some or all of these things.
I'm not ready to bank or invest online just yet.
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A spam blocker set to high will keep your mailbox free of most annoying junk mail, as well as potentially dangerous attachments. You should never open an attachment you aren't expecting—even from a friend—without checking with the sender, since some viruses can invade your address book and proliferate by using stolen addresses.
Your passwords should comprise a mixture of numbers, symbols, and upper and lowercase letters. You may think that your mother's maiden name will make your password hard to crack, but that information—and lots of other "personal" information—can be obtained through government records. It's up to you to create unique passwords and commit them to memory. Don't write them down unless you lock the information away.