Irvine, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2009
ProtectMyID.com a leading, full-service provider of identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution, today announced Internet ID Theft Protection tips. If consumers spend any kind of time online they're probably concerned about security; and rightfully so. Whether it is e-commerce, personal banking, bill paying or social networking, sooner or later consumers run the risk of exposing themselves to internet identity theft.
Ironically enough, the best line of defense against identity theft attacks is the one thing people give the least amount of thought to: their username/ password combination. Statistically, most people create username/password combo's that are easy to remember. They tend to be associated with obvious personal data, like:
- A partner, child, or pet's name, sometimes followed by a 0 or 1
- The last 4 digits of a social security number
- Numerical sequences like 1,2,3,4
- The word password
- Hometown, city, college, favorite sports team
- Date of birth - partner's or child's
The fact that most people use the same username and password for all their online accounts only compounds the danger of http://www.protectmyid.com/default.aspx?PageTypeID=HomePage17&SiteVersionID=815&SiteID=100302&sc=669082&bcd=semidtprw210408ts01 internet ID theft. If a hacker can hijack one password, they instantly have access to your other accounts. This can lead to identity theft, http://www.protectmyid.com/default.aspx?PageTypeID=HomePage17&SiteVersionID=815&SiteID=100302&sc=669082&bcd=semidtprw210408ts03 credit card fraud and a huge headache for consumers.
Consider this: password hijackers will go through trash, mail or the pages of social networking sites to dig up the info they need to crack a password. In fact, social networking sites are a key source for this kind of personal information. In spite of this level of personal invasion, there are still some very simple techniques consumers can practice to help protect password:
- Indiscriminately trade out numbers and symbols for letters: h@ck3rs
- Random caps are also an effective technique: h@Ck3Rs
- Use something from the past: a random place, a favorite toy, etc. Don't use names of friends or classmates, old address or phone numbers.
- Vary username/password combinations among accounts.
Unfortunately, even if consumers follow all these techniques, they could still be hit by a brute force attack. This is where password hijackers use specifically designed software to crack security. This software is free and readily available online, so little can be done to stop this kind http://www.protectmyid.com/default.aspx?PageTypeID=HomePage17&SiteVersionID=815&SiteID=100302&sc=669082&bcd=semidtprw210408ts01 internet ID theft.
ProtectMyID.com is a leading, full-service provider of identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution. We are passionate about helping our customers defend against identity theft and shielding them from the hassles and financial loss that can accompany this crime. Our U.S.-based team, which includes experienced Identity Theft Resolution Professionals, is dedicated to providing easy-to-use and convenient products as well as personal service that our customers can rely on.
ProtectMyID.com is part of a family of online sites belonging to ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian company. ConsumerInfo.com, Inc. was founded in 1995 to give consumers quick, easy, and inexpensive access to their credit histories. It is now the leading provider of online consumer identity theft protection, credit monitoring, credit scores and credit reports to millions of U.S. consumers.