Doing something smart to protect yourself against ID theft?
The problem is becoming pervasive, with the Federal Trade Commission receiving 1.3 million fraud complaints in 2009 alone, reports AJC staffer Katie Leslie.
Sixty-two percent of people said the Internet, largely through e-mail, was the source of initial contact, Leslie writes.
Plus, the growth of social networking sites is likely to fuel many more victims.
By sharing seemingly mundane personal details and preferences, people might be giving the bad guys clues about their security codes, Leslie writes.
For example, by revealing your dog’s name, hometown and date of birth on your Facebook page, a persistent hacker could reasonably guess potential passwords and use computer programs to run millions of iterations of possibilities.
Has anything like this happened to you?
Have you stopped or restricted your use of social networking sites because of privacy and security issues?
What do you do that can help avoid becoming a victim?
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