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Having and using a paper shredder is important.   But, it is just as important to ensure that the data you delete on your computer is destroyed as well.   Many people don't realize that just because you "delete" a file on your computer, it doesn't mean that it is permanently gone.   In most cases, this deleted information can be retrieved quite easily.   This ability to "un-delete" is nice if you accidentally delete the wrong file.   However, in today's security environment, you will have to sacrifice a bit of convenience for additional security.   If you have sensitive, confidential, or personal information on your computer, don't just delete it.   Make sure it is "wiped" from your hard drive so nobody can access it.

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Boost your security-- and your peace of mind --with Identity Theft Protector (for Windows Me / 2000 / XP / 98).  This comprehensive software product is designed specifically to help you protect against (and recover from) the crime of identity theft through easy-to-use tools, templates, and resources.  Features:

  • Comprehensive software designed to help you protect against and recover from the crime of identity theft
  • Protect your identity from theft: gather and store your info safely, learn identity thieves' methods, and more
  • Detect fraudulent activity: request credit reports, browse educational articles, get one free credit report and a free 30-day credit monitoring trial (with online registration)
  • Correct damage if you are a victim with Recovery Wizard, Encrypted Recovery Tracker database, and document templates


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If you receive pre-screened credit card offers in the mail, but don't shred them after you decide you don't want to accept the offer, identity thieves could retrieve the offers for their own use without your knowledge. Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) to opt out of receiving these pre-screened credit card offers. The three major credit bureaus use the same toll-free number to let consumers choose to not receive pre-screened credit offers.
Today's Story
"My purse was stolen in December 1990. In February 1991, I started getting notices of bounced checks. About a year later, I received information that someone using my identity had defaulted on a number of lease agreements and bought a car. In 1997, I learned that someone had been working under my Social Security number for a number of years. A man had been arrested and used my SSN on his arrest sheet. There's a hit in the FBI computers for my SSN with a different name and gender. I can't get credit because of this situation. I was denied a mortgage loan, employment, credit cards, and medical care for my children. I've even had auto insurance denied, medical insurance and tuition assistance denied." - From a consumer complaint to the FTC, January 2, 2001
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