Arming Yourself Against Identity Theft

I wrote an article for Global Knowledge about fast growing issue of  Identity theft.

In the article I gave 15 Simple steps to prevent becoming a victim, here they are:

  1. Think security. If you are not sure about something, do not open or install it.
  2. If asked to download a file, and you are not sure what it does, do not download it.
  3. Get an anti-spyware program, keep it updated, and use it.
  4. Do not open e-mails from people you do not know.
  5. Do not open attachments if you are not positive you know what they are.
  6. If an e-mail offers something too good to be true, it probably is a scam.
  7. Use anti-virus software; update it at least once a day or more.
  8. Patch your computer’s operating system (all vendors have updates).
  9. Patch you applications (word, games, mail programs, etc.).
  10. Be smart; know what services run on your computer, and what ports are open.
  11. Stay away from peer-to-peer sharing software programs.
  12. Think! Computer Security is about what you do as well as what you don’t do.
  13. If your computer has a Trojan or worm, you can try to fix it BUT it probably has more than one Trojan or worm. It’s better to rebuild if you want to be truly secure.
  14. Wipe out the hard drive when disposing of computers with utilities such as Active KillDisk (Free) WipeDisk, or BCwipe.
  15. Think before you click.

To read the full acticle go here