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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 1st edition (February 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413309569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413309560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A must-have for anyone who doesn't plan to spend the next 50 years living in a cave." --John Ulzheimer, President of Consumer Education, credit.com and CNBC contributor

From the Publisher

Protect yourself and your loved ones against America's fastest-growing crime!

More About the Author

Scott Mitic is a respected leader in consumer identity and credit advocacy. As founder and CEO of TrustedID, Scott works on behalf of consumers every day to develop new products and services to help stop identity theft before it happens. As Vice-President of Business Development for Fair Isaac's consumer division, MyFICO, Mitic has helped millions of consumers access and manage their FICO score, the gold-standard indicator of consumer credit worthiness. Learn more at TrustedID.com.

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Do yourself a very big favor--buy this book and read it carefully.
Allan H. Clark
Like most of us, I've been bombarded with offers from credit card companies and others offering identity theft protection.
Anthony Lawrence
The clean structure and good content of the book makes it very easy to quickly read and learn from.
Mark

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Stopping Identity Theft: 10 Easy Steps to Security is a very well organized primer on all things related to identity theft and security of your personal financial information. The scope of possible ways that people can obtain and misuse your financial information is so vast that even those who consider themselves to be well-versed in this area will find something to learn here.

Pages 12 and 13 outline the "10 Easy Steps" referred to by the subtitle, though they are interspersed throughout the book. The steps cover everything from knowing your credit and avoiding scams, all the way through stopping identity theft once it has occurred. Along the way, background and supporting information is provided in the form of "USA-Today" style information boxes that provide snapshots of relevant points. The clean structure and good content of the book makes it very easy to quickly read and learn from.

A big part of detecting and responding to identity theft is maintaining your credit, which requires constant vigilance. Even some of the basic things aren't being done as much as they should be, such as regularly reviewing and correcting your credit report. Ironically, every area where one should focus on is also a potential area for new identity theft risks. The author covers, early on, how some websites advertising free credit reports are in fact themselves vehicles for identity theft. Thus, using trusted resources for identifying the legitimate firms and government agencies one needs to contact is half the battle.
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Trusted ID dot com is an on-line company that sells identity theft protection for 20 bucks a month, so I was a little apprehensive about the book. I figured Scott Mitic would be selling his on-line services in the book, but not so!

This is a very detailed book, which it needs to be since identity theft can happen in many different situations in your life. Scott Mitic breaks it down into 10 steps (12 chapters in the book). It is easy reading and each chapter can be read separately. There are special areas within each chapter that are highlighted in blue boxes and through graphic illustrations (USA today "Snap Shots").

There is an introduction in Chapter 1 called "Identity Theft--What's the Problem?" which gives you an overview of identity theft and lists the 10 steps generally encompassing:
1. Credit Reporting
2. Safe Methods of Payment
3. Online purchases
4. Identify Scams
5. Shopping
6. Shared Personal Information
7. Medical Identity Theft
8. Family Identity Theft
9. Travel
10. How to stop ID theft if it happens to you.

The closing Chapter 12 called "Stay Ahead of the Curve" includes a test to see if you're identity theft savvy. Also included is keeping up with the latest trends, and especially helpful "How paranoid should you be?

This is great reference book to have on hand and highly recommended for everyone!!! Well worth the 20 bucks retail price, or 14 bucks on Amazon!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrance S. VINE VOICE on January 18, 2010
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Overall, I found this product to be competent, though the audio-book format is probably not the best medium. I'm glad that the publisher included the text in electronic form, since there are references to websites and lists in the audio program. I listened to CDs in my car and they worked flawlessly. Both the narrator and author were clear and easy to understand, and the program was informative and even mildly entertaining.

Identity Theft is a broad topic. In this in this 4-5 hour program, virtually the whole gamut of ID theft is covered, from the various schemes used to steal identities to what actions should be undertaken to repair the damage. Special consideration is given for child/elderly identity theft, medical identity theft, and the securing your personal computer on the internet. The author is the founder of an identity protection outfit, and he discusses pros and cons of various services such as ID theft insurance, etc.

Based on my own experience with identity theft and various scams, the information on these areas is sound. However, some of the computer security advice is out-dated. Notably, people who have wireless networks should use WPA or WPA2 instead of WEP, as the audio program erroneously recommends.

The package includes 5 CDs, 4 comprise the audio program and 1 contains the eBook in PDF format. The Nolo software is unnecessary as it merely links you to Adobe to download Acrobat Reader and then copies the eBook to your computer.

Each audio disc, with odd exception of disc 4, is thoughtfully divided up for easy navigation. Discs 1-3 have 30-40 tracks, each 2-3 minutes long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By puccagirl73 VINE VOICE on July 22, 2009
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This primer is a great narrative on what ID theft is and what to be aware of in all aspects of life not just in the internet. I really like that the guide is readable and the information is hefty enough for even the neurotic paranoid. I really especially liked that the author covered the topic of social networking. I was glad to see it being discussed because I've seen the phishing scams and inquiries in those sites and there are so many random people sending friend invites. [..] is an example since it steals your address book.

This primer has joined my book shelf as one of my permanent reference books.
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