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admin2 On August - 31 - 2012

In the first three months of 2012, criminals traded 12 million pieces of personal information online. That was a 200% increase over 2010.

Most people were happily oblivious that their identity had been stolen until they were denied access to something, such as a loan. Identity theft victims commonly experience refusal of loans or credit cards, debts being run up in their name, refusal of mobile phone contracts, and being harassed by debt collectors for money they do not owe.

Lately there has been a large number of attacks on websites which resulted in user accounts being compromised. LinkedIn, eHarmony, Last.fm, Yahoo, Android Forums, Billabong, Formspring, and Nvidia were all attacked. Approximately ten million user accounts were affected.

So if you have an account with one or more of these sites, change your password! It’s best to be safe. And it’s also a great idea to change your password on a regular basis. Identity theft can dog you for years before it’s resolved, so protect yourself before it happens.

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