Don’t Be A Statistic: How To Prevent Identity Theft (Part 2)

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In Part 1, we covered some of the strategies to backup and recover your computer files.

Now, let’s discuss how you can prevent data theft in the future.

Tip 3: Intelligent Computer Use

Internet Browsing:

Always check to see if the website you are logging into has the “https” prefix enabled BEFORE you enter your critical information (e.g. username, password).“


“There’s nothing worse than getting your laptop stolen with all of your passwords included, especially if you have no master password on your browser.

LastPass protects your data with a master password allowing you to easily export your information to any browser.

LastPass works with most browsers. The add-on imports all your existing passwords securely to their server and then deletes all of your existing passwords handled by the browser (for additional protection).

Furthermore, LastPass  syncs each time, keeping your passwords up to date no matter which computer you log on from.”


“Manually updating each of your computers with your new bookmarks is time consuming and unnecessary.

Solve this problem with Xmarks (from the makers of LastPass)

The idea behind Xmarks is  the same as LastPass but with bookmarks instead of passwords. Upload your bookmarks to their server then on each open and close it will sync with your computer.”

Public WI-FI and Browsing:

“When using public Wi-fi, make sure the connection is legitimate.

Hackers make copies of the true wireless connection with the same name to trick unsuspecting victims.

Ideally, you want to setup a virtual private network (VPN) to use whenever your browsing on public Wi-fi.”

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