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Protecting Your Identity

This page contains information about how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. According to Symantec, 232 million identities were stolen in 2011 alone. Some identity thieves are employed by organized crime, others operate on their own. In both cases, the goal is to gain access to your bank account and other personal records. In the US alone, it is estimated that identity theft has cost tens of millions victims monetary damages totalling over a billion dollars.

Compounding the problem is that identity thieves, hackers and other criminals are constantly developing new approaches to steal your personal information. CITES Security will do its best to keep you informed of the latest tactics being employed by identity thieves. Check out our Security Blog or follow us on Twitter for information about the latest identity theft threats and scams.

Identity Theft Basics

  • Simple Tips to Avoid Identity Theft - These tips can help you avoid falling victim to most identity theft scams and attacks.
  • Phishing - Learn about this tricky technique identity thieves use and discover what you can do to avoid phishing scams.
  • Computer Security Training - A lot of protecting your identity comes down to being safe online. Here's where you can get training to protect yourself online.