Identity Theft Protection

How can identity theft protection software keep me safe?

How To Use Identity Theft Protection Software

Identity theft protection is a new concern for many people. Knowing what to do and how to use identity theft protection is important to protect your personal identity. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued many helpful tips and steps to prevent identity theft. Most tips suggest protecting your social security number, bank account numbers, credit cards, and checking your credit report for discrepancies.

Technology has made identity theft easier and more accessible. How do you protect against identity theft on your computer? WhiteCanyon offers software that can clean your computer and give you identity theft protection. This page will give you a list of identity theft protection tips and how to use them for the Internet.

Identity Theft Protection Tips

Tip 1 - Be cautious of where and how your credit card is used on the Internet.

How to use: You should know who you are giving your credit card to. Make sure the website is credible. Make sure the URL address is correct and it was entered into the browser. E-mail scams have sent fake messages disguising themselves as reputable businesses. If you normally receive e-mails you can contact the company to ensure the e-mail is genuine. You can always contact the company to ensure you have accessed the correct website for their business.

Tip 2 - Verify that the website is secure.

How to use: When you enter a web site that is prompting you for your credit card information you should see a little golden lock located at the bottom of the browser window in the status bar. Another indicator that you have entered a secure site is the address will have https:// at the beginning instead of http://.

If you enter a secure site you could receive a message asking you to accept the security signature for the site. This signature helps you send information securely over the Internet connection between your computer and the computer that has the website. If the signature is not common do some research to ensure that the signature meets your security standards.

Tip 3 - Don't store your personal information on your computer.

How to use: You should never store your personal information on your computer. But, if you have to store this personal information on your computer, do it securely. You should use a protection software that can encrypt your personal information.

Tip 4 - Have up-to-date security programs.

How to use: All of your security programs should be up-to-date on definitions and patches. Your anti-virus protection program should have the latest virus definitions. Your firewall should be up-to-date on its security hole patches. Windows should be up to date on its security patches. If Microsoft issues a new patch, install it. You can go to Microsoft's web page to check for software updates.

Tip 5 - Clean your computer of secretly stored personal information.

How to use: Your computer stores information on your computer as you browse the Internet, create documents, type e-mail messages and perform other computer activities. SecureClean cleans and removes the personal information that is stored by your computer. It will clean the hard drive of unneeded traces of personal information and reclaim wasted disk space

Tip 6 - Clean your hard drive before donating or getting rid of your old computer.

How to use: Computers eventually become out-of-date and obsolete. If you are ready to donate or get rid of your computer, do not leave a hard drive with your personal information stored on it. The most effective tool to erase your hard drive is WipeDrive. WipeDrive will eliminate all information on the hard drive. If you do not wipe and erase hard drive data before selling or donating your computer, your personal identity or company trade secrets could be stolen.

Tip 7 - Remove information from your external hard drives and other removable media.

How to use: External Hard Drives, USB Thumb Drives, Memory Sticks/Cards, Zip Drives, Hard Drive Partitions, and Diskettes can store your information and be easily lost because they are removable and transferable. Because these devices are often small and transferable, you must take extra care to protect them. You can eliminate personal information from these drives using MediaWiper (included with WipeDrive). With MediaWiper, you can easily wipe & erase hard drive partitions and removable drives.

Your PC is not as secure as you may think. As a result, you may be open and vulnerable to computer identity theft. Computer identity theft violates your privacy! For example, identity thieves can gather your credit card information, social security number, bank information, and more. Having the right tools and staying up to date on your security software will help to protect and prevent identity theft from happening to you.