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Windows 7: Tips to minimize the risk and impact of identity fraud


01 Mar 2013   #1
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Tips to minimize the risk and impact of identity fraud

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Last week, a Javelin Strategy & Research report found 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States in the past year, which equates to 1 victim every 3 seconds.

They recommend that consumers work in partnership with institutions to minimize their risk and impact of identity fraud by following a three-step approach:
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02 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks Jacee. I did notice in the report that is stated not to mail checks to pay bills. Are they meaning that paying bills on line is safer than snail mail?
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04 Mar 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Thanks Jacee. I did notice in the report that is stated not to mail checks to pay bills. Are they meaning that paying bills on line is safer than snail mail?
Thats what it sounded like to me Bear. I've wondered about that before myself. Every time you write a check, hard telling how many hands it passes through.
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04 Mar 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Even safer is to have automatic bill pay. The less interaction of any kind, the less opportunity for someone to intercept a transaction. Also, some banks online bill pay don't always do electronic transactions; sometimes they mail a check.
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04 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My thought are a bit different. Anytime a transaction is done using the Internet it is open to the world. If the bad guys figure out the security you are in deep do do. Billions of dollars are stolen yearly using Internet bank transfers. I haven't seen any such things reported on snail mail.
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04 Mar 2013   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
...I haven't seen any such things reported on snail mail.
I have. Most mail boxes are insecure. Unless people take their mail to the post office, checks placed in a mail box at home for pickup can easily be intercepted and cashed, often after being kited (and even the post office isn't 100% safe). Even worse, they can be used to forge additional checks. Some people mail their bill payments at their places of employment but, again, they can be intercepted by someone.

As long as online bill paying is done via Secure Sockets Layer (https) on a secure internet connection and one' computer has an adequate AV and properly setup firewall, the only way to be safer is to pay the bill in person with cash. The vast majority of identity theft occurs from hackers getting into company credit card records, skimmers on pay points, etc. rather than from intercepted bill paying transactions.
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