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Hackers, Scammers, and ID Thieves: Protect Yourself Against These Online Crooks

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Sadly, the Internet and the Web are filled with dishonest people who know more than you. Don't let them take advantage of you and your computer's contents. About.com offers some essential techniques in preventing identity theft and loss of your computer functionality.
  1. The Checklist: How to Lock Down Your Computer
  2. Identity Theft: It's More Sophisticated Than You Think
  3. Online Scams: Phishing, Spear Phishing, Whaling, Spoofs
  4. How Hackers Hack
  5. Viruses and Spyware: What Are They? How Do They Work?

The Checklist: How to Lock Down Your Computer

Here are the essentials for building a secure home network and protected PC or Macintosh for your web surfing

Identity Theft: It's More Sophisticated Than You Think

It's not just credit card fraud anymore. Modern identity theft has evolved to much more than a quick five hundred bucks. Modern identity theft is now about long-term and carefully plotted capers that achieve large long-term payoffs, and dump the unpaid bills in your lap. Modern identity thieves will plan to take vacations, get themselves jobs, setup phone and utility accounts, or even sneak illegal immigrants into the country, all on your dime with your name on the papers.

Online Scams: Phishing, Spear Phishing, Whaling, Spoofs

Here they are, revealed: the con games of the Internet. These scams prey on your ignorance, tug your heart strings, and promise professional services, while secretly swindling your account numbers and passwords. Don't get suckered by these convincing emails and Web pages! Take ten minutes and see what Internet "phishing" and email cons really look like.

How Hackers Hack

At the core, hacking is pretty straightforward: identify which computers have holes, enter those holes, and take control. The technical details are the challenging part. About.com explains some hacking and phreaking techniques here. Please: use this knowledge for good...

Viruses and Spyware: What Are They? How Do They Work?

Viruses are self-reproducing little programs that will sneak onto your computer. Viruses usually steal your passwords and private information, or they will outright vandalize your computer and cause irreperable damage. About.com explains...

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