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Protect your identity online
Posted 7/23/2013 7:11:00 AM

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing consumer crimes; even an identity theft and fraud expert was a victim of identity theft when he was - where else? - in Florida!

Part of the problem is the abundance of Wifi hotspots available for free in public locations. Part of the problem is with every new protection someone creates, someone else finds a new way to get past it.

Here are some tips to keep your internet & identity as safe as possible.

* Make sure your firewll is turned on and your virus and malware protection are up to date.

* Use strong passwords - include letters, numbers and symbols. Use different ones for every site & change them frequently.

* When you use a Wifi hotspot, indentify it as 'public' so your laptop will use more secure network settings.

* Don't pay bills or use credit cards at Wifi hotspots.

To keep your personal at-home Wifi safe from freeloaders, consider using an SSID (Network name) that will scare people away. Some suggestions from the experts:

'FBIWatching'

'Theives beware'

'I will hack you'

'NSA Portal'

Undoubtedly you can think of plenty of your own.

Happy - and safe - surfing!

 

 

 

Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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