50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to Avoid Them (2e) : 9780133089073

50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age: New Financial Threats You Need to Know and How to Avoid Them (2e)

Weisman, Steve
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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 expose far more personal information to them. Now, identity theft expert Steve Weisman reveals today's worst new threats, and presents today's most practical preventive techniques. Weisman shows how social media, mobile devices, and the "cloud" have created massive new risks, 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 reducing damage after an attack. This is the first book to offer complete, up-to-the-minute coverage of identity theft associated with:
  • Facebook and other social media
  • iPads and other tablets
  • iPhones, Android phones, and other smartphones
  • iPods and other media players
  • Cloud-based applications
  • New online banking and personal finance sites
Weisman shows how to avoid new forms of identity theft targeting medical records, the elderly, and military service members. He objectively reviews new products that claim to help consumers avoid identity theft. He even previews tomorrow's threats, such as radio-enabled (RFID) credit cards. This book isn't just an indispensable wake-up call: it's a comprehensive source of realistic solutions.
Table of contents
Introduction     1
Chapter 1: Identity Theft     3
Chapter 2: Making Yourself Less Vulnerable to Identity Theft     25
Chapter 3: Danger on the Computer and What to Do If You Are the Victim of Identity Theft     43
Chapter 4: Your Social Security Number--An Identity Thief’s Lucky Number     63
Chapter 5: Criminal Identity Theft, Taxes--And More Arresting Problems     81
Chapter 6: Technology, Business, and Government Fight Identity Theft     105
Chapter 7: Financial Privacy Please: The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act     119
Chapter 8: Credit Reports     127
Chapter 9: Congress Deals with Credit Reports and Identity Theft: The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act     151
Chapter 10: Protecting Your Privacy--A Key to Preventing Identity Theft     161
Chapter 11: ID Theft—Security Software     169
Chapter 12: The Dangers of Data Breaches     171
Chapter 13: Identity Theft Insurance--Worth the Price?     181
Chapter 14: Identity Theft after Death     185
Chapter 15: Identity Theft and the Elderly     189
Chapter 16: Identity Theft from Children     195
Chapter 17: Identity Theft Risks of Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices     201
Chapter 18: Identity Theft Threats with Credit Cards and Debit Cards     211
Chapter 19: Medical Identity Theft     219
Chapter 20: Identity Theft and Social Media     225
Chapter 21: Form Letters     235
Chapter 22: Steve’s Rules     273
Index     281 
Features & benefits

The most up to date guide to avoiding identity theft TODAY -- including attacks via Facebook, smartphones, iPads, and the "cloud."

  • Completey updated, this new edition is a wakeup call about the newest threats to your identity and personal information
  • Specific, proven ways to fix damage after an attack
  • Specific discussions of threats from social media sites like Facebook and new hand held digital devices such as smartphones
Author biography
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.