Preventing Identity Theft For Dummies

Preventing Identity Theft For Dummies

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Twenty-seven million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the last five years and the total cost of identity theft approaches $48 billion per year (total costs to businesses are $43 billion and the direct cost to consumers is $5 billion)These staggering statistics have prompted security consultant Michael Arata to provide readers with the resources they need to guard themselves against identity theftIn this valuable book, Arata offers easy-to-follow, straightforward advice on understanding identity theft, minimizing risk, maintaining vigilance, choosing who to share personal information with, selecting hard-to-guess PINs, determining victimization, reviewing a credit report, charting a course of action, resolving credit problems, reclaiming good credit, and much moreExplains how to recover successfully if identity theft does occurAuthor Michael Arata, CISSP, CPP, CFE, ACLM, is a veteran of the security industry with more than fifteen years of experienceshow more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0764573365
  • 9780764573361

About Michael J. Arata

Michael J. Arata, Jr., has more than fifteen years of security experience. He's investigated numerous credit fraud cases and currently serves as Director of Corporate Security for Rudolph and more

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Protect yourself from America's fastest growing crime See how loose lips sink credit ratings and why there's no safety in numbers How is a dumpster diver like a wallet snatcher? Both are out to hijack your identity, so dive into this book and find out how to fight back! Discover why every home needs a shredder, what your bank statement can tell you, and how to reclaim your good name if it's already too late. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids A dash of humor and fun Discover how to: Recognize and avoid common scams Guard your privacy effectively Act promptly if theft occurs Read your credit report Choose secure passwords Report identity theft to the right peopleshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Getting the Scoop on Identity Theft. Chapter 1: Who s Stealing What . . . and What You Can Do About It. Chapter 2: Keeping Tabs on Your Personal Information. Chapter 3: Mike s Anti-Identity-Theft Crash Course. Part II: Determining Whether You re a Victim. Chapter 4: Smelling a Rat: Recognizing When You Are a Victim. Chapter 5: Homing In on Bank Statements. Chapter 6: Interpreting Your Credit Report. Part III: Staying Ahead of Identity Theft. Chapter 7: Watching What You Set on the Curb. Chapter 8: Practicing Discretion in Public Places. Chapter 9: Staying Safe Online and on the Phone. Part IV: Taking Back Your Good Name. Chapter 10: Joining Forces in the Identity Theft Battle. Chapter 11: Closing Compromised Accounts. Chapter 12: Opening New Accounts. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Make Reclaiming Your Identity Go More Smoothly. Chapter 14: Ten Handy Resources. Chapter 15: Ten Common Scams and How to Avoid Them. more

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