17 December 2017
Robert Siciliano

Identity Theft Expert

Robert Siciliano - IDTheftSecurity.com

739Posts 2,050,812Views 62Comments

Identity Theft Myths Part 3of3

25 October 2009  |  2481 views  |  0

The National Foundation for Credit Counselors, which sponsors Protect Your Identity Week, has compiled a number of identity theft myths. To support their efforts, the Santa Fe Group Vendor Council Awareness and Education Subcommittee has helped to clarify some common misinformation with regards to this increasingly common crime. We’ve already discussed a few of these myths.

I don’t use the Internet, so my personal information is not exposed online. Your personal information is in more places than you think, whether it’s your medical records, a job application, or a school emergency contact form. Many of these records are kept in electronic databases and transmitted online. Social networking sites are another good source of personal information for identity thieves. Even if you do not use them yourself, your friends or members of your family may be sharing personal information about you. Not using the Internet may offer some protection, but it won’t keep you safe from online criminals.
o Data Breach list home page -
o http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1459
o http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/about-identitytheft.html
Social networking is safe. Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, andTwitter can be fun to use. But they can be dangerous when it comes to your identity. These sites are used by thieves and others to steal information, trick people and promote a variety of scams. To protect yourself, avoid making personal information available to large groups of “friends,” take advantage of the privacy controls offered by most of these sites, and use common sense.
o http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1459
o http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/identity-theft-commitedu_b_243305.html
o http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/tech.shtm
It is not safe to shop or bank online. Like social networking, shopping andbanking online are safe as long as you use common sense and make good
choices about where and how you do it. Most importantly, always take care to confirm a site is legitimate before you use it, watch out for copycat sites, and keep your computer safe from viruses.
o http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1121
o http://www.fdic.gov/BANK/INDIVIDUAL/ONLINE/SAFE.html

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Speaker discussing hacked email on Fox News

TagsSecurityRisk & regulation

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)

Latest posts from Robert

What Was Scary About Blackhat 2017?

02 August 2017  |  6232 views  |  0 comments | recomends Recommends 0 TagsSecurity

Black Hat 2017 was an Amazing Event

29 July 2017  |  6805 views  |  0 comments | recomends Recommends 0 TagsSecurity

Blackhat Hackers Love Office Printers

28 July 2017  |  5411 views  |  0 comments | recomends Recommends 0 TagsSecurity

Getting Owned or Pwned SUCKS!

13 June 2017  |  5785 views  |  0 comments | recomends Recommends 0 TagsSecurity

Parents Beware of Finstagram

27 April 2017  |  5249 views  |  0 comments | recomends Recommends 0 TagsSecurity

Robert's profile

job title Security Analyst
location Boston
member since 2010
Summary profile See full profile »
Security analyst, published author, television news correspondent. Deliver presentations throughout the United States, Canada and internationally on identity theft protection and personal security....

Robert's expertise

Member since 2009
732 posts62 comments

Who's commenting on Robert's posts

Ketharaman Swaminathan