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Internet Identity Theft

Thursday, October 19th, 2006


Identity theft has been a problem for decades, but as the Internet becomes more and more commonplace, Internet identity theft has become a problem of pandemic proportions.

According to the FTC, 1 in 8 Americans in the last 5 years has been affected by Internet identity theft. Internet identity theft is different from common identity theft in a few ways. Common identity theft takes place after something is physically stolen from you like a wallet containing credit cards and a driver’s license or an un-shredded credit card statement from your garbage bin. The thief would take these stolen articles and use them to make a fraudulent purchase or something of that nature. Internet identity theft can be much worse.

Internet identity theft can be much more devastating than conventional identity theft because most victims of Internet identity theft are completely unaware that anything has been stolen from them until it is much too late.

How Internet Identity Theft Works:

You may not know it, but your computer collects all kinds of information about you and stores it in files hidden deep on your hard drive. Files like cache, browser history and other temporary Internet files can be used to reconstruct you online habits. These files store information like logins and passwords, names addresses, and even credit card numbers.

A thief can get at this information in one of two ways. Either he can grab it when it is being sent over an unsecured transmission, or he can install malicious software on your computer (like spyware) that will collect everything he needs and automatically send it back to him. The best way to protect yourself from Internet identity theft is to get an Internet security solution that is up to the challenge.

The Best Protection From Internet Identity Theft:

Winferno Software offers you Secure IE Browser Security, fortified with Private IE privacy manager. Secure IE Browser Security is the only browser on the market today that was specifically designed with Internet users’ security as the primary concern. Secure IE and Private IE utilize multiple lines of defense to protect you from Internet identity theft.

Step One: Secure Your Web Browser

Secure IE’s unique approach to online security:

  • New! Integrated McAfee Site Advisor warns of dangerous Web sites, places safety ratings alongside search results, and provides a site’s safety rating upon request.
  • Seal up security gaps with our automatic security tune-up.
  • Stop Spyware (which is often used in computer fraud) at the point of entry with out exclusive Browser Shield.
  • Automatically blocks malicious ActiveX, which hackers and identity thieves will use to gain entrance to your PC and commit computer fraud.
  • Block Pop-ups, including Windows Messenger pop-ups.
  • One click access to security zones, which allow you to designate which websites get certain privileges.
  • Intercepts Malicious File Downloads and scans for viruses (requires virus-scanning software).
  • Stay one step ahead of hackers with built in auto-updates.

Step Two: Protect Your Private Data

Private IE was built to wipe out all the sensitive documents on your computer that could be used to steal your identity. Private IE will:

  • Delete Your Internet History
  • Delete Your Browser Tracking Cookies
  • Delete Your Internet Cache
  • Delete Your Temporary Internet Files
  • Delete Your Locked and Hidden index.dat Files
  • Delete Your Recent Documents List
  • Empty Your Recycling Bin

With Secure IE Browser Security and Private IE on your side, you’ll get award-winning Fraud Protection Software.

Learn more about Secure IE and Private IE.


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