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 May 13, 2005
CFA - Internet Identity Theft
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According the the IRS, 53 million people this year will file e-taxes. That means keeping sensitive financial and personal information; including social security numbers, pay stubs, and bank account information on their computers.
Information that is "virtual" candy for internet hackers.
According to McAfee security, a leading developer of computer security software, internet identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in our country. And more than 80-percent of home computer users DON'T adequately protect themselves. "Hackers are malicious....if you're not protected."

Kyle Arteaga is a victim himself, "it's been a nightmare."

Kyle was surprised at the amount of personal information he had on his computer. He says," After my identity was stolen...be more weary of it."

So, how can you protect yourself? With a firewall, hackers will be denied access to your PC. It may even prevent hackers from finding your computer in the first place.

But security experts say there are other measures you can take for added protection. "In addition to using a firewall...law enforcement agency."

For more information on protecting your personal information, log on to mcafee.com.

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