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Identity Theft

Simple Little Solutions To Protect Yourself

You’ve spent thousands of dollars to protect your company from spam, computer viruses and hackers. But how much effort have you put into safeguarding your own identity? Your finances, Social Security number and other personal information are gold mines waiting to get into the hands of the wrong person. It takes about 12 months between the time a thief steals an identity, and the time that person realizes that he or she is a victim, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Do not use your Social Security number as your driver’s license number. And do not make old financial statements available to “dumpster diggers” – people that literally dig through other people’s trash. Do invest in a paper shredder. If you must submit credit-card information online, make sure that Internet connections are secure. Make sure that you download security patches as they become available, and that your software is always up-to-date. There were 86,000 complaints about identity theft, made last year to the FTC, roughly 42 percent of all its complaints.

NetEnterprise is one company helping clients protect their customers from such dangers. “Our services range from simply doing encryptions for the link between a consumer’s browser and the Web page, to a more dedicated system of (multiple) firewalls,” says Jason Toth, chief technology officer. All the technology in the world will not prevent identity theft – unless you take action, first. -CSC

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