We have all heard horror stories of people’s identities getting stolen, credit ratings plummeting and checking account being emptied. We all have 3 real choices:
- Ditch the internet entirely (yeah right)
- Learn to identify risk
- Stick to non-commerce activity on the internet
I do just about everything online from paying bills and transferring money to shopping for holiday gifts. I can’t even begin to estimate the amount of money and time that I have saved. Therefore, #2 is the only real option (for me at least).
For those not willing to give up on this fad called the internet, Money, Matter and More Musings has a great informative primer – complete with video examples. Reading this will get you up to date on the risks out there. In all honesty, I hadn’t heard of one previously so even internet junkies like me have a need to keep updated on the tactics being used by the bad guys.
Here is a table of contents they provided so you can simply jump to the section that’s new to you.
- Dumpster Diving
- Social Engineering
If any of you have been a victim of an internet scheme or other form of identity theft, tell us your story. Maybe it will help a fellow DLM reader.