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Online identity theft protection and fraud protection begins with minimizing your risk. Here are some identity theft solutions you should consider for your home computer:
• Anti-virus software - Protects your computer from becoming infected with harmful viruses from downloads.
• Anti-spyware - Spyware allows scammers to 'spy' on your Internet habits and personal information. Anti-spyware should be part of any security software you install. These programs scan for Trojan horses, tracking cookies, and other forms of invasive spyware.
• Firewall - Stops scans and attacks that find holes in your software and hardware security.
• Automatic updates - Helps keep Windows programs up-to-date and running efficiently and protects against threats.
• Parental controls - Allows you to control where your kids go online.
• Anti-keylogger - Products like PRIVACYPROTECT® encrypt and decrypt keystrokes to keep thieves from stealing information.
• Security Suite software like ZoneAlarm® - Offers anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewall, and parental controls, in one product.
Also, keep these tips in mind:
• Use unique passwords whenever possible and change them regularly.
• Do not use 'remember my password.'
• Beware of using WiFi. Change your base station default password to something hard-to-guess. Be sure your wireless network password is encrypted. Never send data over WiFi unless you know the connection is secure.
• Always use a secure site, especially for credit card theft protection.
A reputable identity protection company will provide computer safety services such as anti-virus protection, encryption, WiFi controls, access to your credit accounts, and identity theft monitoring.