** THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL FAIRFAX COUNTY WEB SITE **  

INTERNET & COMPUTER SECURITY
 and ID THEFT CLASS SUPPORT PAGE

Instructor: Bob Brubaker

Identity Theft - !!One of the fastest-growing crimes in America!!

EVERYDAY GOOD PRACTICES  

Avoid giving out account numbers to unsolicited callers or orally where others may be listening and use Secure Credit Card Numbers

Shred - Destroy pre-approved credit card offers, bank or brokerage statements, old pay stubs and tax records, credit card receipts, utility bills (which could be used to obtain a credit report), personal correspondence (which could be used to corroborate my identity), cancelled checks, expired credit cards

Know billing cycle - credit cards, utilities, bank and brokerage account statements

Donít put outgoing mail in home mailbox

Place postcards with sensitive information in envelopes

Blank out bank & credit card & account number on receipts for expense reimbursement

Donít put driver license or SSNís on checks

Avoid Internet "profiles" (rebates, contests, online resume) -use incorrect data if necessary

Protect your CHECKING ACCOUNT!

Disable overdraft protection
Use Bill Pay

REVIEW CREDIT REPORTS

FTC's DETER DETECT DEFEND WEBSITE

 

ONLINE THREAT AND GOOD PRACTICES 

ONE TIME USE CREDIT CARDS   Example Card  PDF

DiscoverCard view on protecting your computer, your ID and your account

 

ADDITIONAL THREATS 

SKIMMING - Replacement POS scanning devices - Credit vs Debit Card

 

Use disposable email addressís - ISP or free services ex mail.yahoo.com

Set up a disposable Phone numbers - Innoport.com or Local Phone Company 

Encrypt sensitive computer files - use innocuous file and folder names or drop vowels from file & folder names (Helps with the grand-kids) 

Use long passwords that would fail a spell check and are mixed with upper case and numbers. Use different passwords for truly sensitive data vs. that used on un-trusted Internet sites

BROWSER SECURITY

ENCRYPT DOCUMENTS PDF Example 

DROP VOWELS FROM FILE & FOLDER NAMES  



WIDOW'S  SECURITY CENTER  

Start>settings>control panel>security center

ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS (w/ latest updates) 

McAfee   Norton  Trend  AVG Free Edition  Limited Email Protection
Support from ISP Example  

 

No a firewall would not have prevented thisENABLING FIREWALL PROTECTION  ONLY ONE !

If you have Windows XP  Turn-on XP Firewall or 
Download Free Zone Alarm Firewall   
Routers act as incoming firewalls

Outgoing Firewalls - McAfee  Norton  ZoneAlarm Pro

 

SPYWARE 

Scan for and block spyware 
Microsoft Antispyware
  free but it's a test version  
PC Tools Spy Doctor
   
Webroot Spy sweeper
  (30 day free trial)  
Program used by instructor
Spyware Example Message 
WSJ New PC Security
Software   pdf   8/2/06

 

LESS VULNERABLE BROWSERS & OPERATING SYSTEMS

Mozilla's Firefox   Opera   Linux    Apple  

 

PHISHING & PHARMING Official looking web page with hacked URL links

Correct Domain Names 
Official appearing request  -  Fake Ebay Security Request  
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STAR Ratings

Haute Secure  Free anti Phishing software

 

SPAM   

Create 'temporary' email address for 1 time contacts
ISP's allow additional email accounts
Free Web mail accounts - ex mail.yahoo.com
Enable ISP 'anti-spam' carefully (legit mail get's blocked)


SECURING A WIRELESS ROUTER [see Home Networking Class] 


MICROSOFT SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS 

TEST HOW YOUR COMPUTER LOOKS TO HACKERS

Click  'SHIELDS UP' > grc.com website   (If asked, click YES to Security Note) 
Click '
proceed' button on ShieldsUp web page then 
Scroll to '
ShieldsUP Services'
Click '
Common Ports'  

FINDING UNDESIRABLE PROGRAMS RUNNING ON YOUR COMPUTER

1. Hold 'Ctrl', 'Alt', and the 'Delete' key at the same time 
2. Use the following web sites explain the programs 

WinTasks Process Library   
I am not a geek
startup database   
ProcessLibrary