Re: Identity Theft

From: Karl Levinson [x y] mvp (levinson_k@excite.com)
Date: 03/11/03


From: "Karl Levinson [x y] mvp" <levinson_k@excite.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 20:22:58 -0500


Identity theft and credit card theft happen offline as well as online. The
popular example is to consider how you let some underpaid stranger handle
your credit card in a store or a restaurant.

Most of the hacks you hear about [such as the recent theft of social
security numbers from one university and a school newspaper having
accidental access to a multi-million dollar bank account at another
university] aren't due to a lack of good security solution as much as
they're due to the people running the servers and doing the programming not
knowing anything about security and making really rookie mistakes.

Note that your credit card can be hacked online even if you never shop
online or go online. There's nothing you can do to prevent your bank or a
third party provider from storing your credit card on a server somewhere, no
software you install will help there. What you need to do, no matter who
you are or what software you run, is check your credit card statement every
month.

Usually the steps below are more than sufficient to prevent your home PC
from being hacked:

http://securityadmin.info/faq.htm#harden

www.grisoft.com is free antivirus, and www.kerio.com, www.agnitum.com,
www.sygate.com and www.zonealarm.com are all free firewalls you should
consider using.

"SP" <YorkyAbe8@aol.com> wrote in message
news:019a01c2e739$4db6c150$a301280a@phx.gbl...
>
> Hello!
>
> With today's technology, there still appears to be no
> viable security software to prevent identity theft or
> credit card theft. Is this really true, and if so, why?
>
> Barring a "perfect" cure, could you recommend what you
> consider the best software for security, or perhaps what
> you use for security?
>
> I once loved the internet; however, that has been
> destroyed by a hacker.
>
> Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
>
> SP