Computers and Consumers – Understanding & Avoid Identity Theft

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The Internet has given over a billion people, worldwide, a way to instantly find information. The number of threats to a consumers security increases as the consumer connects with more computers, companies, and people online. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nations consumer protection agency, says that all Internet users should understand the importance of online security and should take measures to protect themselves.

Why the Need for Security & How to Protect Yourself

The Computer: Part of a computers sophistication lies in its ability to connect with other computers over the Internet in order to bring you information. When it is connected with other computers, it opens itself up for the transmission of information, which can create vulnerability for the computer. Hackers can connect to the computer, scan it for open ports, and gain access to unauthorized information about the computer user.

Most computers have an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) that monitors the computer for suspicious activity. When suspicious activity is detected, the IDS sends an alert that an intrusion has occurred.

An IDS alone will not protect your...

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