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Identity Theft

 Do you need to be a computer user to be a victim of identity theft? No. Purse snatching, dumpster diving, mailbox theft, picking up a receipt with a credit card number on it etc. are still ways for people with malicious intent to collect new victims. No matter how they get it, with enough information somebody can impersonate you.

With the arrival of the Internet and the massive amount of people using computers daily, identity theft has reached new levels. Not only can an individual’s information be hacked and stolen, but identity can be stolen on a large scale by attacking a company’s database that holds its customer’s credit card and other personal information. If this happens to a company you do business with, then you may become a victim of identity theft.

Recovering from identity theft is an ordeal that can be quite costly both financially and emotionally.  The risk is there for each of us. Don’t think it can’t happen to you!

There are three major components to the issue of identity theft and we will address them here: