Identity Theft Basics

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Identity theft can take many forms and devastate your life in a variety of ways. For a clear understanding of how identity theft is committed and how pervasive the threat is, take a comprehensive look at the following articles.

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What Are the Penalties for College Students Using Fake IDs?

Many college students think that using a fake ID to buy beer is a harmless, victimless crime. However, this is not the case -- learn more about the legal penalties for fake IDs.

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Identity Theft Statistics: What is Your Risk? [Infographic]

Learn about the top identity theft risks facing Americans in this data-driven infographic.

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Are You an Identity Theft Victim?

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you're not an identity theft victim. Get the telltale signs of victimization.

What Is a Botnet, and Why Is It an Identity Theft Risk?

Botnets are networks of infected computers. Learn how your PC may be one of them.

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Your Identity Thief Could Be Your Sibling or Child

Is it still "sibling rivalry" if your brother or sister assumes your identity?

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SSL Encryption and Identity Theft: Are Your Favorite Stores Your Worst Enemies?

Retailers that don't upgrade their data-loss prevention systems put consumers at risk for identity theft.  Learn more about SSL encryption.

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What's the Difference Between Identity Theft and Identity Fraud?

Is it identity theft or identity fraud if a thief uses your personal data to buy a new car?  Get the facts.

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What Is a Credit Freeze, and How Can It Protect My Identity?

Can a credit freeze actually put the illegal efforts of identity thieves on ice? Get informed.

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Five Moves That Invite Identity Theft

Identity theft protection starts with you doing the right things. Avoid these five moves that can make you an easy target for identity theft.

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Biggest Examples of Data Breaches

Since 2005, hundreds of millions of records have been compromised, which isn't reassuring. Here are the biggest examples, from the past few years.

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