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Don’t be easy prey for ID theft

Don’t enter your birth year, don’t enter mothers last name, don’t enter pets names, don’t enter street you grew up on, don’t enter parents birth years, don’t answer any online question thingies, don’t follow a link in an email asking you to enter user name and password, don’t install every widget you see, don’t use myspace or facebook IM, don’t log in to accounts from public computers, don’t use the same password for email, social sites, banks, or other sites, don’t use easy passwords, now GO CHANGE ALL YOUR EMAIL AND BANK PASSWORDS!

FOR YOUR BANKS USE A PASSWORD WITH UPPER and lower case LETTERS AND NUMBERS, NOW USE A DIFFERENT PASSWORD FOR EMAILS, AND USE A DIFFERENT ONE FOR SOCIAL SITES.

“The first rogue widget reared its head in 2008, when researchers realized that a program called Secret Crush had anything but sweet intentions. The application, which was supposed to help you find your virtual admirers, instead installed spyware onto your computer. Even worse, it encouraged you to spread the love by getting other friends on-board–essentially “manipulating humans to pass it along on their own,” says Guillaume Lovet, senior manager of Fortinet’s Threat Response Team.

Secret Crush has since been crippled, but the potential for similar threats still exists. Just days ago, security experts determined that an application called Error Check System was misusing profile details and possibly stealing personal information. A few months earlier, researchers from Greece’s Institute of Computer Science uploaded a malicious app to Facebook as an experiment (PDF). The team was able to configure the widget, which posed as a “Photo of the Day” displayer, to utilize its users’ Internet connections for denial-of-service attacks.”

In the end, staying safe comes down to maintaining control of your information and carefully selecting with whom you share it–because you never truly know who’s on the other end of electronic communication. This past month, for example, a high school student was charged with 12 felonies after investigators say he posed as a girl on Facebook and tricked male classmates into sending him nude photos.”

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/022709-five-facebook-scams-protect-your.html?page=2

Protect Yourself

http://www.forticlient.com/standard.html

“Out of the 200 friend requests, Sophos received 82 responses, with 72 percent of those respondents divulging one or more e-mail address; 84 percent listing their full date of birth; 87 percent providing details about education or work; 78 percent listing their current address or location; 23 percent giving their phone number; and 26 percent providing their instant messaging screen name. ” http://news.techworld.com/security/9808/facebook-users-easy-prey-for-id-theft/

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