The StopSign Support team is constantly gleaning information on how to fully protect you and your computer from virus threats. When our team identifies viable protection measures, we like to share that information with our users.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and OnGuard Online are two US Government sponsored websites that have helpful information regarding IDENTITY THEFT and how you can protect yourself and your family. From these sites, you will find information about many different online threats such as: Email Scams including Phishing, Protecting Kids' Privacy, Laptop Security, and many others.
If you feel you have been a victim of Identity Theft:
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In addition Trend Micro, Inc. has created the SECURITY GUIDE TO SOCIAL NETWORKS. This guide provides readers with information about protecting themselves while using Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites.
Additionally, in 2010, the US Government will be performing a census. Many people will have census workers come to their door. To protect your identity when answering Census Bureau questions or a potential scammer who comes to your door, the Better Business Bureau provides the following:
If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home. However, they will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the look out for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Remember, the StopSign team recommends you always surf the internet with user accounts that DO NOT have administrative privileges. CLICK HERE for information on user accounts.
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