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Web browser breakdown ups chances of ID fraud - Callcredit comment

By CreditMan Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Further to Microsoft's Internet Explorer going down, Owen Roberts, Identity Protection Expert at Callcredit comments:

“The problem with Microsoft's Internet Explorer could potentially allow criminals access to people's computers and their passwords. There are plenty of alternative browsers, such as Firefox and Opera, that users can switch to while the problem is solved. The unfortunate truth is that identity fraud has become a fact of life for UK consumers. We can, and must, all play our part in the fight against identity fraud which as individuals means ensuring we take steps to discourage, detect and deflect any attempt to steal our identity.

“A few simple steps such as checking your credit report regularly for suspicious accounts, shredding unwanted documents and making sure your anti-virus is up to date can often be enough to protect your identity. Falling victim to identity fraud can be a harrowing experience, but a small amount of time spent now can save you from months of trying to reclaim control of your own name.”

Callcredit’s top tips to protect your identity:

* Don’t throw your identity in the bin - keep track of your important documents and shred those you no longer need
* Always check your statements and watch out for small unrecognised transactions as these can be a precursor to serious spending by a fraudster
* Make certain you are watching for warning signs by regularly checking your credit report through services such as
* Keep passwords and PIN codes safe and don’t disclose them to anyone
Don’t broadcast your identity on the internet by failing to protect your PC.