We live in a time when technology is booming like never before, and since more and more of us have access to internet, it is easier than ever for hackers to steal and use our information. It is partially our fault because we tend to spend time predominantly in this virtual, digital world, religiously updating our status or posting photos of our family, food, pets, next-door neighbors, and so on. The fact that identity theft is a growing issue, becoming more and more dangerous day by day, is also due to the fact that hackers are better organized and smarter, and that they dispose of sophisticated technology.
Just like the old saying that advises us to take better care of ourselves so that we will prevent illnesses instead of having to treat them, Steve Weisman believes that it is better to prevent identity theft than to try fixing the situation afterwards. In “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to Avoid Them,” Weisman explains in detail how hackers can steal our information based on the use of social media sites such as of Facebook or Twitter, and other new technologies – iPod, Android, iPad, iPhone, cloud apps etc. The author also presents several dangerous new threats that include attacks targeting the elderly, medical records, military service members, and personal finance and online banking sites.
Over the length of 22 chapters, Steve Weisman offers various tips and techniques on how to avoid risks while still enjoying your time spent online, how to reduce to a minimum the risks which you can't completely avoid, and what steps to take should you fall victim of identity theft. Weisman helps you considerably reduce your vulnerabilities by providing checklists, sample letters (to use as reference if needed), and other practical tools.
Written in accessible language and offering easy-to-follow practical tips, Steve Weisman’s guide is a must-read in order to learn how to protect yourself and your personal information.