Is Your Personal Information Safe

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Paul Collison Is Your Personal Information Safe? Paul Collison 11/26/2007 1
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In this day and age it seems that the whole world is run by computers. Businesses would be crippled if their servers crashed. Companies could lose millions even billions of dollars from stolen information. Not to mention the threat to the average Joe trying to get their Christmas shopping done online. How can you protect yourself from the increasing risk of identity theft and fraud when with every new piece of anti- virus protection there is a new virus to get past it? There are several ways to protect your personal information online but first it is important to know how information is stolen. The more prominent risk isn’t on the business executive although it may be the most costly. It is actually the college student who is more likely to become the victim of identity theft or stolen personal information. (Marklein) The main reason is simply that there are more of them. The amount of students who attend college is increasing along with the amount of students who use laptops compared to desktop computers. Another important reason is they are better targets. Mike Cook of ID Analytics says, “If you’re going to steal an identity, a student identity is a very good one to steal.”(Marklein) Since college students do not have established credit compared with that of adults it is difficult to tell which credit applications are legitimate and which aren’t. Also increasing popularity in websites such as Facebook and Myspace present opportunities for students to display private information that they don’t realize can be all someone needs to steal their identity. However college students are not the only ones at risk. In fact it is not any specific age group as much as it is the convenience of laptops and the lack of knowledge on how to protect information on them.
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Paul Collison No one will argue that laptops aren’t worth the risk. They are very portable and increasingly powerful to the point they can do most of the things, if not all, that desktop computers can. Laptops are also the leading reason for stolen information and identity
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course CIS 101 taught by Professor Wong during the Fall '07 term at Cecil College.

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