(Closed) My identity was stolen….

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would probably go for Norton to be safe.  So are people just using your email address or is it something else?  I had my credit cards stolen from my wallet about a year and a half ago.  I have never had problems with my computer with Norton.

I think I remember which post that was (about the site that shows all this information on you).  I haven’t had any problems yet.

Post # 4
Member
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh no!!! Contact all 3 credit bureau’s and make them set up a security alert on your account right away!!!!

 

I work in a computer IT company and from my expierence Symantec works the best and its the cheapest that I am aware of.  It’s $75/one time fee lasts the life of your computer.  Also once you decide on an antivrus program to go with I reccommend installed malwarebytes.com  It is a free malware protection program that will protect you 95% from any future infections.  If you are wanting to install a free antivirus program we ( I say we as in the company I work for) reccommend AVG.com  If you think that your computer is currently infected with either a virus or malware your gonna need to have them either removed by a professional or you can do it yourself if you know how BEFORE you install any new type of antivirus and malware protection!!!

Hope this helps, if you need any other suggestions let me know! 

Good Luck-

Steph

Post # 5
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You only need to put a fraud alert on one credit report, they will forward it to the other agencies for you.

Post # 8
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Wow…what was the link?  Can you show me the post on WB?

Post # 9
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Oh, I suggest backing up all your documents/photos and doing a clean reinstall.  Meaning, wiping your drive and reinstalling your operating system (vista, windows 7, etc).  Professionals can do it for a fee but if you know someone close to you, you should ask them.  Also, I think contacting the credit bureaus is a good idea just for them to watch your “activity.”

Post # 11
Member
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Jenny: 

Check in your startup menu for anything called “malware” more than likely you are not protected with any.  A lot of computer owners are not aware that they need to have a malware program installed.  In fact 90% of the time malware is the infection on their computer and not viruses but they always assume its a virus! 

Post # 12
Member
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, change your password, don’t use the same password for facebook/wedding bee/myspace.  Personally, I would use a variation of passwords for personal, email, and banking.  Do NOT use your birthday or where you live.  My suggestion is making a password that has different cases and numbers.

This is terrible, I’m sorry.  I would avoid putting your birthday and hometown on your Facebook.  Facebook does lend your info out, it’s true but they lie about it.  Good luck!

Post # 13
Member
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

OK it doesn’t sound so bad.  Chances are those cell phones were ordered some other way than just by you giving out your email address.  tmobile should be able to sort that out, and explain to you how the phones got ordered through your account.

As for an anti-virus:  if you don’t have one, just download Avast Antivirus for free.  Dont’ be fooled, it’s just as good as Norton or McAfee even though it’s free.  Read the reviews and you’ll see that it’s trustworthy.  http://www.avast.com/index

As for that link where you entered your email:  If you just gave them your email address and nothing else, then your identity wasn’t really stolen, and the worst thing that will happen is you might start getting buttloads of spam in your email inbox.  If that happens, you can always change your email address.

Source:  I’m a computer geek.  🙂

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