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Stopping Identity Theft: 10 Easy Steps to Security Paperback – February 27, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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
6. Shared Personal Information
7. Medical Identity Theft
8. Family Identity Theft
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!!!
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.Read more ›
As I personally learned identity theft has become a lucrative industry. There is so much information about people out there and so few real controls. The moment you give your credit card or its number to anyone, whether giving your card to a waiter or gas station attendant or paying for something over the phone, you run the risk of that number being used illegally. The moment you write your social security number on an information form given to you by a doctor or a credit card company or your bank you run the risk of someone copying that information and using it illegally. It seems like every few months the news has a story of some hacker getting into some supposedly secure financial institution's or retailer's computer system and accessing credit card information or social security numbers.
This book looks at the problem as a whole and them looks at specific areas where people are vulnerable. It talks about protecting financial accounts, dealing with online risk, how to protect yourself while shopping online or at stores, thefts related to health coverage and dangers while on vacation. It also looks at specific areas like being aware of your credit report and changes made to it, how companies collect data and whether you are giving out more information than you need. It also talks about what to do if you are the victim of identity theft.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compared to the other identity theft book I purchased I just didn't find this as helpful in recovering from theft. some good info.Published on September 30, 2011 by Noles
ID theft happens, no matter how well protected you think you are. In my case, my bank's debit card was used to charge $2,000+ worth of construction work done to lay down a... Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Beam Me Up
The version I am reviewing is the audiobook.
This is a somewhat useful version if you can take notes while you are listening, which you might not be able to if you are... Read more
As we all know, identity theft is now almost rampant in society. This resource provides you with the necessary steps we all can take to help avoid falling into fraudulent traps. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by musiclover13
Identity theft is something I've sometimes worried about in the back of my mind, and this book helps point out the different threats. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by J. Green
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. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by puccagirl73
A good primer on identity theft. Most of the information is available from a variety of sources but this books pulls it all together. Not all of it applies to everyone. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by Thomas E. Tweedel