Ways to Prevent Identity Theft

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Prevent identify theft by putting up computer firewalls, using strong passwords that include letters, numbers and symbols and installing software that scans for spyware. Keep spyware programs from logging on to a computer and stealing financial information with help from a software developer in this free video on identity theft.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews, today I'm going to talk to you about some ways to prevent identity theft. Now, one of the best ways to prevent identity theft is to try to protect your computer from unauthorized access as best as you can. You're going to want to put firewalls, personal firewalls such as Norton's Symantec, firewalls that you can purchase from a store like that, that'll prevent somebody from hacking into your computer, downloading information that they can use to assume your identity. Now second, put passwords on your computer that are what are called "strong" passwords. Now strong passwords is at least eight characters long, has a combination of numbers and letters, one upper case letter, and some kind of symbol, like a star, and exclamation point or a question mark. A lot of people don't know that you can use those in your passwords, but when you do, it has a whole new level of complexity that make those passwords very difficult to hack or to crack. Now you're also going to want to install computer software that scans your computer regularly for spy ware. I suggest you use a program called spy bot, which will scan much like a virus scanner and it will find any kind of spy ware that's logging your credit cards or website accesses that you go to and it's shipping them off to other servers for people to access. This software will stop that from happening, it's called spy bot, it's a great program and it's free. My name's Dave Andrews and I've just gave you some tips for preventing identity theft.


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