ID theft level drops, but cost remains high

Identity theft levels are at their lowest rate since 2007,
according to Javelin Strategy & Research. However, the cost to consumers is
on the rise. To find out more, see Identity
Theft Falls 34%, Victims Pay More
.

Protect yourself from
fraud

Clearly we’re all getting better at identifying phishing
scams and other kinds of email and web scams. You know the
basics
, but here are a few tips that you might not have heard about yet.


  • Internet Explorer’s InPrivate
    browsing
    can help protect your personal information when you use a public
    computer. Learn
    more
    .

  • If you receive email claiming that you’ve won
    the Microsoft Lottery, hit the delete button. The message is an example of an
    email scam. Learn
    more
    .

  • Your first line of defense against ID theft is a
    strong password. Check
    the strength of your password
    .

For more information, see Get
help with phishing scams, lottery fraud, and other types of scams
.


 

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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