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Why You Should be Concerned about Identify Theft

By Jim Blue
August 31

Have you been a victim of Identity Theft? Are you concerned about all the reports of personal information being stolen from corporate data bases? According to most sources, approximately 15 million United States residents have their identities used fraudulently each year. Close to 100 million additional Americans have their personal identifying information placed at risk of identity theft each year. Steve Weisman, one of the country’s leading experts on scams and identity theft, offers the following tips for cleaning digital house: – Make birth dates private on Facebook. Hackers glean personal information, such as age and location, from social media accounts to piece together social security numbers. By keeping birth dates private and opting for snail mailed birthday wishes, identity thieves have one less resource. – Delete saved credit card numbers. To safeguard against data breaches, remove credit card numbers on file with retailers and enter them anew with each purchase. – Swap generic passwords with tailored phrases. Use a strong and unique password for each frequented online website. A password made up of a phrase such as “IDon’tLikePasswords$$$” combines capital letters, small letters and symbols and is easy to remember. Personalize for a particular site by taking a few letters from the site and adding it to the password. An Amazon password would be “IDon’tLikePasswords$$$Ama.” – Remove old anti-virus and anti-malware software and install updated versions. Keep devices safe and secure with the latest software and security patches as soon as they are available. Keystroke logging malware can invade devices with weak security and capture credit card information. Jim Blue is the CEO and owner of BlueTutor.com. He is a technology adviser, personal computer tutor, author, professional speaker, and the host of “The Keeping Technology Simple” BlogTalkRadio Program. Jim has 20 years’ experience in the technology industry. Prior to establishing BlueTutor.com, he was a senior executive in the consumer products field and has extensive international business experience.

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How Poetry Therapy Aids Healing

September 1

eCareDiary will speak to Laurie Arnold-McMillan, nurse, patient advocate, poetry therapist and Co-founder of the Pittsburgh Memoir Project about how poetry therapy can help change an outlook of a person going through grief and instill hope.

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