This is the eBook version of the printed book.It is better to stop identity theft from happening in the first placy than have to fix or repair the situation afterwards. Steve Weisman reveals the threats of new identity theft attacks based on use of Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Android, cloud apps, iPod, and other new technologies -- and shows you how to protect yourself, or how to fix the damage if you've already been attacked! Discover why ID theft is more dangerous than ever, and discover today's most dangerous new threats -- including attacks targeting medical records, personal finance and online banking sites, the elderly, and military service members. Meet the hackers and organized crime groups who want to steal your identity and money -- and learn how to protect your data and your life! Step by step, Weisman shows how to avoid risks, minimize risks you can't completely avoid, and immediately take the right steps if you're ever victimized. He objectively reviews new products and services that promise to fight identity theft, and previews emerging dangers, such as RFID credit cards. If you use a computer, the Internet, a smartphone, cell phone, tablet, or any other communications device, 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity and Your Credit isn't just an indispensable wake-up call: it's the world's best resource for protecting yourself!
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Identity Theft 3
Chapter 2: Making Yourself Less Vulnerable to Identity Theft 25
Chapter 3: Danger on the Computer and What to Do If You Are the Victim of Identity Theft 43
Chapter 4: Your Social Security Number--An Identity Thief’s Lucky Number 63
Chapter 5: Criminal Identity Theft, Taxes--And More Arresting Problems 81
Chapter 6: Technology, Business, and Government Fight Identity Theft 105
Chapter 7: Financial Privacy Please: The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act 119
Chapter 8: Credit Reports 127
Chapter 9: Congress Deals with Credit Reports and Identity Theft: The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act 151
Chapter 10: Protecting Your Privacy--A Key to Preventing Identity Theft 161
Chapter 11: ID Theft—Security Software 169
Chapter 12: The Dangers of Data Breaches 171
Chapter 13: Identity Theft Insurance--Worth the Price? 181
Chapter 14: Identity Theft after Death 185
Chapter 15: Identity Theft and the Elderly 189
Chapter 16: Identity Theft from Children 195
Chapter 17: Identity Theft Risks of Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices 201
Chapter 18: Identity Theft Threats with Credit Cards and Debit Cards 211
Chapter 19: Medical Identity Theft 219
Chapter 20: Identity Theft and Social Media 225
Chapter 21: Form Letters 235
Chapter 22: Steve’s Rules 273
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