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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 2 edition (October 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013308907X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133089073
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There’s no better authority on preventing identity theft than Steve. He knows the latest tactics employed by the bad guys who are committing this ever-evolving crime. This book is an important and invaluable read.”
--Mike Nikitas, news and business anchor, NECN (New England Cable News)

“Identity thieves never stop probing for weakness. Fortunately, attorney Steven Weisman never stops countering their moves. This is a book that could literally save you from total financial ruin. Get it now. Read it now. Heed it now.”
--Jim Bohannon, talk host, Dial Global Radio Networks

“The digital age has brought us many benefits, but it has also brought opportunity to the identity thieves who are able to use our computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices to steal our identities and cause tremendous harm. If you have a smartphone, you must read this book.”
--Thom Hartmann, nationally and internationally syndicated radio and television talk show host and author of four New York Times bestsellers

“Weisman punctuates the frightening realization that no matter how vigilant we may try to be, anyone can still be exposed to the serious threat of identity theft. This book is a must-read for anyone who believes that they are well prepared and ready for the worst. Trust me. You’re not!”
--Mike Baxendale, cohost of the Bax & O’Brien Show, WAQY-Springfield, MA

“In this digital age, Steve Weisman is your new best friend, and unlike your ‘friends’ on Facebook, he will not put you in danger of identity theft. This book is a must-read for anyone who has a computer or smartphone or uses social media.”
--Doug Stephan, host of the Good Day Show and the Talk Radio Countdown

“In a world where increasingly we’re becoming victims of our own technology, Steven Weisman has written a book that every consumer, make that every individual, should keep close by.”
--Steve Goss, WABE-FM Atlanta Morning Edition host


Protect Yourself from Today’s Dangerous New Forms of Identity Theft!
  • Prevent new ID attacks via Facebook, smartphones, iPads, Wi-Fi, and the cloud
  • Offers today’s best techniques for fixing damage after you’ve been attacked
  • Objectively reviews products that claim to help you prevent identity theft

Identity theft is more dangerous than ever! The bad guys are smarter, more sophisticated, more organized--and as we live more of our lives online, we’re exposing far more personal information to them. Now, identity theft expert Steve Weisman reveals today’s worst new threats and helps you systematically reduce your vulnerabilities.

Weisman shows how social media, mobile devices, and the cloud have created major new dangers and how groups ranging from local hackers to foreign organized crime syndicates are exploiting them. He offers indispensable new guidance for avoiding risks, minimizing risks that can’t be completely avoided, and quickly halting the damage after an attack.

Packed with checklists, sample letters, and other practical tools, this is today’s one indispensable guide to protecting what matters most: your identity!
 
Includes exclusive must-read information about new attacks on
  • Senior citizens
  • Children
  • Military service members
  • Anyone who’s recently visited a doctor or hospital


 

About the Author

Steve Weisman hosts the radio show A Touch of Grey, syndicated to 50+ stations nationwide, including WABC (NYC) and KRLA (LA). A senior lecturer at Bentley College, he is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. The legal editor for Talkers Magazine and a monthly columnist for the American Institute of Economic Research, he writes for publications ranging from The Boston Globe to Playboy and earned an ABA Certificate of Merit for excellence in legal journalism. His books include The Truth About Avoiding Scams, featured on Dr. Phil and CNN. Weisman holds a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. He also operates the website www.scamicide.com, which provides the latest information on scams and identity theft.

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Customer Reviews

You owe it to yourself to read this book.
M. L Strickland
Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age" is a great primer, and great to use as a checklist, as in, "OK, these are steps I can take."
Happy Reader
I thought I was just being paranoid, but after reading Mr. Weisman's book I know my feelings were justified.
TooManyHobbies

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
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I know someone who is living the nightmare of stolen identity, loss of credit, and incredible frustration and stress that doesn't seem to have an end in sight. (The opposite is true: it keeps getting worse).

There seems to be a certain randomness to the process of identity theft, to some extent it is a crime of opportunity. But it is also a crime that many of us innocently leave ourselves vulnerable to because we don't know how to think like a criminal. My friend is not someone who is reckless or sloppy; she took all the ordinary precautions to protect her privacy online and in her daily life. Why it happened to her and not to people who are a bit more blasé about the information they provide is beyond me. I identify with her, because my attitude and behavior are so similar to hers that, if it happened to her, it can happen to me. We don't do Facebook; we don't even own smart phones or enter private information in our dumb phones; we remove old hard drives from computers before discarding; we don't provide information to people who phone; we are very careful online--we thought we were safe. Or, at least, safer than average.

I wanted to get inside the mind of identity thieves to see what they look for, how they choose their victims and, more importantly, what am I overlooking. This book is an eye-opener. It goes beyond the obvious and common sense precautions I was already taking and shows vulnerabilities that never entered my mind, even though I am a very private and cautious person.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Barnum VINE VOICE on December 9, 2012
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Living in South Carolina, I am particularly aware of the possibility of Identity Theft, since the all the records of our state income tax department were hacked this last year.

If you were not paranoid about Identity Theft before reading this book, you will be upon finishing it.

This book goes into detail about the various scams that tricksters use to try and steal our identities, which in turn can cause untold amounts of havoc to our credit, our bank accounts, and our medical records. Medical identity theft was a new area to me, that I had not considered previously, but just imagine that you are injured, go to a hospital and are given incorrect treatment because someone else had stolen your medical identity, received treatment on your insurance, and then as a result, your data had been corrupted by the conditions of the other party.

This book goes into great length explaining what your rights under the various consumer protection laws actually are, and what to do when your rights have been violated.

Tips are given throughout the book as to things to avoid and things to do on your computer, with your credit cards, with your credit report and with your paper files.

This book is written in simple terms that all should be able to understand and follow.

Even sample form letters are provided for the reader to copy and use should they need to dispute a charge, an error in a credit report, or what to do in case they fall victim to a scam.

Everyone should read this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on June 30, 2013
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Willy Sutton never really said that he robbed banks because that's where the money is. But if he would have apocryphally said it in 2013, he would have been invovled with identity theft since that is where the big money is.

In 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to Avoid Them, Steve Weisman lays out practical and pragmatics tips on how you can avoid being one of the millions of victims of identity theft.

The 50 ways in the book end up being over 250 tips. Weisman teaches the reader how to recognize the risks of identity theft and how to avoid them. That is crucial as the scammers are always thinking of crafty ways in which to exploit their victims.

One of the best pieces of advice in the book is to limit sharing your birthday, age or place of birth online; particularly on social media. Weisman quotes a study done from Carnegie Mellon University; which found that a person's social security number could be gleaned based on that information.

The books 22 chapter covers a wide range of topics covering the entire gamut of identity theft threats and vulnerabilities.

For those looking for an easy to read guide to quickly scare them into the realities of identity theft, 50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to avoid them is a great wake-up call.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seven Kitties on January 19, 2013
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This is a great compendium, essential, especially, if you're not internet savvy. It's full of useful facts--such as why wifi at your local B&N is not really all that 'safe' to use, and how to access credit reports for free.

But wait, I know all that stuff already, you say!

Yes, but here's why I think this is a keeper anyway: because I've had my credit card info stolen. Heck I had it stolen from right here at Amazon, who we know does everything right! And you know what? When that happens? You freak out. Big time. This book breaks down what to do and how to do it (insisting that prevention is better than panic, but even so, acknowledging you can do everything right and it still happen) in a great checklist. So when you're running around panicking, this book will step by step what to do--even including form letters for you to use in an appendix.

There's a lot to take in at once in this book, so it's a resource you'll come back to again and again. Hopefully not in panic mode!
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