Id Theft Protection Holiday Gifts
During this upcoming holiday season, instead of giving
that funny tie or wrong brand of perfume as gifts which
quickly lose their appeal, consider giving id theft prevention
gifts which keep your loved ones protected throughout the
A recent study by America Online and the National
Cyber Security Alliance found that 81% of home PCs lack
at least one of the three critical protections necessary to
help guard against viruses, spyware, hackers, and other
threats to their personal information:
- Updated computer virus software
- Spyware protection
- A secure firewall
Plus, 69% of the surveyed homes with children under
age 18 had spyware or adware. Spyware and adware tracks
your browser surfing history and in the case of spyware,
even logs all of your keystrokes to be later reported to the
on line identity thief.
Imagine all of your email, your on line banking, &
holiday shopping transactions (with sensitive
passwords or credit card numbers) are then used
by the identity thief to defraud you of your
personal identity and credit.
So, our quick tip for today is to consider adding
these helpful tools to your holiday shopping list:
- A cross cut shredder to safely dispose of sensitive
- A solid anti virus/firewall/spyware screening
- Automatic credit monitoring service for your spouse
And as always, keep your personal records containing
account numbers or social security numbers stored in a
locked file cabinet at home.
Finally, a hearty "thank you" goes out to all of our
readers and subscribers who have already taken
advantage of our Free Id Theft Secrets toolbar.
It's a convenient way to give yourself an
early holiday gift of 1 click access to some identity
theft prevention tools we have mentioned today.
Please feel free to share the link as well as this
website with your friends, co-workers, & family
members so they may also reap the benefit of
identity theft protection this holiday season
and in to 2006.