With the increasing number of cases of Computer Identity Theft, it is becoming more and more important that you should learn how to prevent such cases.

The average victim of identity fraud has out of pocket expenses of over $500 and spends over 30 hours of time resolving the issue. -Federal Trade Commission

It is a fact that most of the Identity Theft cases happen becasue of the negligence on the part of the victim only. Use of loose passwords, repeat using of passwords, careless clicking on every other URL you find on your email, falling victim to phishing attempts are the common issues which cause your identity to be stolen.

indentity theftBut even if, you are careful in your online behavior, chances are there, that your computer has traces to your identity stored deep within its files, which you might have forgotten completely. Some social security numbers, some credit card information, some bio data, your bank account details, you never know, which data is sitting idly on your computer leaving you and your family exposed to identity theft.

You may not be able to find all the places it’s hidden, but hackers and thieves know where to look. They have developed viruses, spyware, back doors and other malicious code to steal this information. Anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam don’t offer in-depth searching to protect you and your family.

And that leaves you and your computer pretty vulnerable to a concerted identity theft attempt.

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How to Prevent Such Cases of Identity Theft

Thankfully, there is Identity Finder, a security tool, which searches all the places deep inyour computer to quickly search files, e-mails, system areas and many other such areas, where you might have stored your important personal information. Areas searched include:

  1. Home and office files or any other file type
  2. Compressed files
  3. E-mails and message attachments
  4. Contacts and calendar entries
  5. Databases (SQL, Oracle, DB2, etc.)
  6. Internet and intranet Websites
  7. Web browser hidden storage areas such as auto-complete fields (i.e., passwords and form data)
  8. Web pages and cookies
  9. Instant messenger logs
  10. Windows registry

And if it finds any such data, it allows you to quickly secure and encrypt such data. Great Utility.

It is capable of searching following data related to your persoanlity, which can be used against you in the case of an identity theft.

  1. Social Security Numbers
  2. Individual taxpayer numbers
  3. Credit and debit card information
  4. Bank account information
  5. Passwords/pins
  6. Dates of Birth
  7. National Insurance Numbers (United Kingdom)
  8. National Health Service Number (United Kingdom)
  9. Tax File Numbers (Australia)
  10. Social Insurance Numbers (Canada)

Identity Finder is a Free tool for download. But the free version has some limited capabilities. For pro users, you will have to buy it.

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