Learn how to recognize and avoid identity fraud

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One thing seems to be more apparent with each major data breach that makes the headlines: nobody is going to look out for your identity and sensitive information as closely as you will (or at least should). A lending firm in the United Kingdom wants to help you do just that, which is why they developed an interactive website that educates you about different types of online, credit, and identity fraud, along with tips and tools to help you protect yourself.

I wrote about the site in this blog post:

Preventing identity theft starts with you—making sure you’re aware of the threats out there, and how to avoid them.

Choice Loans, a financial lending service based in the UK, has put together a site that can help. It’s an interactive guide to various types of identity fraud, complete with 16 things you can do to detect or respond to them.

The site covers a broad swath of risks. It shares detailed information about computer viruses and malware, con artists and fraud, credit card fraud, online shopping, card skimming, card-not-present fraud, stolen credit or debit cards, mail theft, man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, cell phone scams, online password theft, passport fraud, pharming, phishing scams, pyramid schemes, shoulder surfing, and more.

Each type of threat or identity fraud has a “Learn More” link that takes you to a resource where you can—as the name implies—learn more about that topic. The “Learn More” link on Computer Viruses and Malware, for instance, takes you to a Microsoft website with detailed information.

The How to Prevent section of the Choice Loans site also provides links to install MalwareBytes or AVG Free—both free antimalware tools that are very capable.

Click here to read the full article at PCWorld: Prevent identity theft with this interactive site.

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Tony Bradley is Editor-in-Chief of TechSpective and Community Manager for Tenable. Tony has a passion for technology and gadgets--with a focus on Microsoft and security. He also loves spending time with his family and likes to think he enjoys reading and golf even though he never finds the time for either.

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