Science and Technology : Protect yourself from identity thieves

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  1. anAfrican

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    Steps to protect your online identity

    By Claudia Buck
    Sacramento Bee

    Internet thieves are devious when it comes to strategies for tricking consumers into sending money or revealing financial information. To keep them at bay, here are some tips:

    — Don't log into your bank account while using public computers, such as at a library, or free wireless connections at coffee shops, etc. Criminals often try to intercept Internet traffic, including passwords, from these locations.

    — Watch for pop-up windows asking for personal information or warning of a virus. So-called "scareware"can frighten people into providing information, downloading malicious software or paying for its removal. Call your anti-virus software company if you need help.

    — Don't rely on just one defense. Use a mix of security tools: Anti-virus software to block spyware and other malicious attacks; a "firewall"to stop hackers from accessing your computer; automatic anti-virus scans that run at least once a week. If you get a virus warning and aren't sure about it, contact your anti-virus vendor.

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    Given that so many viruses and bad porgrams rely on Windows, using a linux or mac system is another possible layer of defense
     
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