Protect Your Identity: Credit cards and the Internet
Credit Cards and the Internet
What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft occurs when a users personal information including but not limited to social security, credit card, and bank account numbers are used without permission to commit fraud or other crimes. It can occur due to your personal informaiton being changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Being a victim to identity theft can lead to serious consequences such as denial of loans to due negative informaiton on your credit report.
Protect your Identity, Credit Card information, and Computer
In order to protect your identity, always monitor your personal information carefully and be aware of all activity. Other tips to protect your identity can be found at the the sites below:
- Consumer Action - Protect Your Identity
- Federal Trade Commission - What to do if you think that your identity has been stolen
- Learn About Spoofs
- Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mails
There are several things that can be done to secure the computer as well.
- Make sure all of the software is updated, including the operating system, anti-virus and firewall software.
- Updates for Microsoft operating systems - You must be using an Internet Explorer browser to visit this page.
- Updates for Apple operating systems - Updates for Apple operating systems and tools (QuickTime, iTunes)
For additional information refer to the links below: