Barbara, unfortunately you need to wait until the investigation is complete, but you can request that they provide you a copy of it when they are done. That may give you an idea of where and how your identity was stolen. It will help you decide where to take additional precautions in the future.
Sharon, some of these thieves have very sophisticated techniques. Some of this information could have been stolen in ways other than from electronic devices. Make sure you are safely disposing of your snail mail. Some people will go trash diving to find information. Anybody remember the movie "Sneakers"?
Russell: These are gold mines of information! So you want to securely wipe everything! There are utilities like Darin's Boot and Nuke (Dban.org ?) that have free utilities that scrub the drive of all data
Ed, That sounds like something I would do. They already have a sterotype for absent-minded professors. i'm applying for the role of absent-minded techie.
Kim... check with the Solid Waste Authority or try a gov't grade wiping utility like Darin's Boot and Nuke
Kim - Here is a link to the Solid Waste Authority's website for locations where you can recycle your old PC AFTER you wipe it.
We can start an Absent-minded techies user group, as soon as I figure out where I put the address for the meeting place.
Seeking: Social media is a hot bed for learning about people. There are ways to actually tell if a person is wealthy, liberal or conservative, young or old just by looking at your general posts. Be carefull as always.
Shredding the trash is a great way to keep your information out of evil hands.
Paul, not all smartphone manufacturers do this. You can always turn off GPS tracking but in any case you will still have your location available for emergency services and the cellphone service carriers. It is still needed for providing the service
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Kim, you always need to wipe your device clean to be extra safe.
Ro, social media has come a long way in the last decade. In any case no site is 100% safe and you still need to be aware of what you share with whom
Thank you Paul! Greatly appreciated! Lot of misinformation out there. Greatful for all of the fantastic quesitons!
Ro, according to posts I just reviewed from this weekend, many people are asking the same questions you are. It appears that Facebook has not come up with a way to block this from happening. The bottom line is that if you put it on Facebook, you lose control over who can view it.
Love that question Cindy! Not a lot you can do but... be sure you patch it fully up to date while you still can and always use the latest spyware and virus software.
Yes Cindy. Security is always one of the major things they upgrade in every new version.
We all write our passwords down on a piece of paper and give them to the pelican for safe keeping?
Cindy... that's the kind of question computer people love to vigorously debate. Some would say yes but there are those that would disagree.
Thank you Cindy! Greatly appreciated!!
Seeking, that can happen if someone is "spoofing the phone number" that is making someone's phone appear to come from a different number.
It's not just YOU... .keep an eye on your kids when you are online.
Ro, those are 2 examples yes.