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ID Theft in the Information Age: Everybody is Vulnerable

In the 21st century, the most common type of crime that is being committed with alarming regularity is ID theft. In this regard, the number of men and women -- and now even children -- that are falling victim to ID theft is increasing dramatically each and every year.

When all is said and done, you need to keep in mind that you are not immune to ID theft. In todayís world, everyone is vulnerable to ID theft.

Why am I Vulnerable to ID Theft?

You are vulnerable to ID theft because everyone is vulnerable to ID theft. In the information age, with everyone and everything so interconnected, a person like you is vulnerable to ID theft at nearly every turn.

There are many examples that illustrate why you are vulnerable to ID theft in the information age. For example, if you are a regular user of the Internet, you open yourself up to identity theft. There are insidious spyware programs that can record everything from the keystrokes that you make on your computer (to capture your passwords and what have you) as well as applications that can actually invade your computer and remove personal and financial information that you may have stored on your hard drive.

Even if you are not a user of the Net you can fall victim to identity theft. Even the simple process of using an ATM can lead to identity theft. There are people who are capable of snatching a personís information through the usage of an ATM.

Your telephone can even be a vehicle through which your identity can be stolen.

When all is said and done, you need to be on guard all of the time against identity theft. You need to guard your personal and financial information religiously. You need to be very discriminating about who and when you provide your personal and financial information.




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How Likely is it that I Will be a Victim of Identity Theft?

You may be wondering how likely it is that you will become the victim of identity theft. At the current rate at which identity theft is occurring in countries like the United States, if you are a resident of the U.S.A, chances are that in the next ten years you will be a victim of identity theft. Today, one in ten people falls victim to identity theft each year. This rate actually is expected to increase over the coming several years.

Summary

Once again, because of the developments of the information age and other factors, you really are vulnerable to identity theft on many fronts. For this reason, constant vigilance in protecting your personal and financial information absolutely is vital. You simply cannot afford take any other course than total and complete vigilance in protecting your identity in the 21st century.


 

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