Identity theft is the act of impersonating someone else on a computer system, for malicious purposes - i.e. without their knowledge or consent.

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How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?

At some point I told a friend that it's dangerous to reveal your birth date (kind of like your social security number or your mother's maiden name), because it's a crucial piece of information for ...
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How much personal information should I provide to an identify theft monitoring company?

I've been provided credit monitoring and identity theft protection services from the company CSID. Their CyberAgent internet surveillance tool claims to "monitor thousands of websites and millions of ...
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How do I verify someone's identity if the only method of contact is their email address?

Email addresses can be hacked or perhaps even spoofed. I need to pay individuals via paypal and I fear that over time people's email will change or become compromised. How can I ensure I am paying the ...
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What is my recourse if someone made a gmail account with my name? [closed]

Much of my personal information is available online. That is not a particular issue for me, but someone used my name to make a gmail account with my specific name on it (it is an unusual name), and ...
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Why is information obtained from public records considered a secure way of confirming your identity?

Various financial institutions, government agencies, etc., use public records information to confirm people's identities, as touched upon in UPS my choice -- How can I access my public records? The ...
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Deal with number changes in a phone number based authentication/login system

Twitter Digits (https://get.fabric.io/digits) provides an authentication/login system based on phone numbers for mobile apps, and several other mobile apps (e.g. Square Cash, ...
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Should I be afraid of biometric IDs?

The Israeli Minister of the Interior is pushing legislation to introduce biometric IDs. On the one hand I hear his argument that it can help to prevent identity theft. On the other hand, something ...
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Can a victim of identity theft safely open a bank account? [closed]

A friend of mine had his identity stolen (at least including social security number and birthday), and apparently someone used the info to remove money from his current bank account with Citizens ...
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Is accidental credit card fraud possible? [closed]

If a credit card transaction appears on your account, that you did not authorize, does it have to be fraud or could it be a glitch? For example, could the magnetic strip on someone else's card be ...
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Session Hijacking through sessionId brute-forcing possible?

cookies usually contain a sessionId to keep track of a logged user. What would prevent a malicious user to forge millions of requests with random sessionIds and send them to a server, hoping to ...
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Knowing when there has been a data breach from your database

How do companies know when there has been a data breach? For example, do they monitor event logs for login audits or do they wait until a paste is made of their data in a pastebin type site? Is it ...
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If I gave someone my personal info willingly, can you get the police involved? [closed]

I recently gave a guy I met over the internet my bank account information and my social security number, even though I know it is stupid. Then he wired money from my account to western union. Can I ...
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How to avoid identity theft at key signing parties?

Let me begin by distinguishing two kinds of identity theft: Conventional identity theft (e.g. using credentials from ID documents, bank accounts, etc, to commit fraud or other mischief). ...
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Identity Theft: should I shred documents with only name and address details?

I routinely shred documents with any personal information on them to protect myself and others against identity theft. I have no doubts that shredding any documents with ID numbers, account details ...
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Any advice on how to assure patients that a medical facility is well protected against identity theft?

My apologies if this question has been asked before. How does a medical practice assure patients that the practice follows excellent computer security practices? Conversely, how does a patient find ...
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Are social security numbers useless by themselves?

If 453.7 million social security numbers have been issued to date. And there are only 1 billion = 1000 million distinct 9 digit integer pairs. Then that means if I were to make up any 9 digits, that ...
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Is www.cheap-lingerine.com safe to use my credit card on? [closed]

I want to make sure my information is safe. This website is openly china-oriented but says to secure card information with Secure Sockets Layer technology (SSL) on those pages that involve sensitive ...
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Where can I find a list of frowned upon usernames for web sites?

There are some usernames that shouldn't be allowed to register on online services, for example: administrator, admin, root, system, owner, hostmaster, webmaster, sitename or sitenameadmin As far as ...
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Someone borrowed my phone and Im scared its hacked [closed]

I am from Australia and I use a iPhone 4. Today, a young guy asked to borrow my phone, since he was out of credit and since I was trying to be a good samaritan, let him borrow my phone (also we were ...
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Identity theft from ubuntu machine? [closed]

Recently my debit card information went to another hand, and he/she started to using it until my bank reports that there is an overdraft. I use Ubuntu 14.04 machine. I am sure I am not a victim of ...
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Passport copy is being used to defraud others - what can I do?

I was an idiot and sent my passport and address to a scam artist I was hoping to rent an apartment from abroad. Luckily, I realized the trickery before sending anything else or any money. ...
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What can happen if someone gets a hold of a scan of someone else's passport?

Or: "Do I need to be concerned about emailing people scans of my passport if they want to verify my identity?" Is there anything anyone can do with the information on the main page of the passport ...
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Is BSI’s process good? (Informing email address owners that their address/password (of unknown/different accounts) was stolen)

The German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) claims to have got a list of 18 million email addresses and passwords – supposed to be the result of identity theft. They allow to check if ...
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Stolen Laptop - Next steps

My laptop (modded 2007 Macbook Pro) was stolen 2 days ago when I didn't pay attention to my backpack in a tourist spot in Europe and while I'm quite certain they won't have much use for it (the apple ...
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What are the realistic chances of email being intercepted via SMTP/TCP-IP? [closed]

Dear SMTP and TCP/IP network security gurus: I'm curious about what is the realistic risk of sensitive information (such as a email pdf attachment) being intercepted/read by a hostile party from a ...
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419 Nigerian scam problem

I fell in a scamming trap. It took me a while to figure it out. Blinded like an idiot. But it is what it is. I can only do as much as I can now. Tell me if there is anything else I should do. After ...
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What techniques do web services use to identify password theft?

I've noticed that some web services use a security scheme in which log-in attempts that have some unusual characteristics trigger extra authentication steps. For example when I try to login to my ...
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Best Practices for verifying a users identity for helpdesk

I had a conversation today and someone challenged me as to why you would need to verify the identity of a user calling a service desk with anything other than their company email. Granted I know these ...
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Is revealing your residence physical address when browsing the web a security risk?

I live in a large apartment building that provides a wireless service for residents. All of that traffic goes through a proxy server, and the domain name on that server contains the name of the ...
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Is it ok to cut some digits from the front-face of a credit/debit card?

I'm a European expat living in Asia. I usually hide my credit card at my apartment. However, I'm a bit scared about losing it when I carry it (wallet robbed or lost). That's why I already scrubbed ...
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If an ATM is stolen, how easy can the personal information of the users be recovered?

ATMs get occasionally stolen. How easy would be for the thiefs to retieve the PINs and other information of the users that have previously used the ATM? Is there a periodic wipe of all ...
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How do I deal with companies that call and ask for personal information?

Several times I get a phone call from a company- my bank, utility companies etc. Many times they are just cold calling me, but once or twice they were calling for legitimate reasons (ie, something to ...
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How can I catch an Instant Messenger Identity Thief?

Here is the scheme. The identity thief logs in as my American friend in the instant messaging program QQ. (Did he steal her password or use some other exploit? I don't know.) The thief contact's ...
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How can I limit the consequences of a possible future identity theft?

I am curious about how I can limit the consequences of an identity theft. I see a lot of discussion and advice about managing passwords securely or blocking malware. But what if it happens? What if ...
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what is the use of stolen personal details?

What can hackers do with personal information that includes this: First name, last name, snail mail address, mobile phone number and email address?