Combating Identity Theft

Identity theft is a particular concern for seniors. The invasion of privacy can be devastating and the steps needed to eliminate the problems caused by the identity theft can be long and onerous.

It is not just a problem for seniors. That is why the Wall Street Journal reports that Security Experts React to Obama’s Cybersecurity Report with enthusiasm. These cybersecurity concerns apply both at the national level and also for all individuals.

Several executives were encouraged by Mr. Obama’s personal remarks on what is often seen as an obscure issue. “I know how it feels to have privacy violated because it has happened to me,” he said, noting that his campaign’s emails and files were hacked last year.

“Identity theft is something that lives off in virtual land, and I think has people appropriately nervous, so I thought the president did an excellent job touching on issues people identify with,” said Ed Amoroso, AT&T’s chief security officer.

The appointment by President Obama of a cybersecurity czar will bring heightened emphasis on these issues. Nevertheless whatever improvements are made at the national and corporate level against such activities as phishing to steal personal data, the ultimate responsibility is always with the individual. Precautions must always be taken to guard against any security breaches.

If the unfortunate happens and an individual is the victim of identity theft, then it is worth ensuring that you already have in place an Identity Theft Recovery Kit. This should set out a detailed plan of what needs to be done including important phone numbers, websites, and addresses. You should also keep a good recovery log of what is done on every account in case problems arise. Such precautions when dealing with identity theft are never a waste of effort.

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