I always wonder how much people know about what we all go through.
Lewiston Casino is a place where people live. They use the internet for a lot of their transactions, and the internet is for a lot of other things too. But a lot of our online purchases, including our computers, happen online. That means that if we use our computer too often, or purchase something from a website that our computer didn’t use, we could potentially cause it to crash or, worse, lose everything it had on it.
Not to be too blunt, but our personal information and information about our finances are some of our most valuable assets. In fact, if you were to lose them, you could lose your house, your car, your savings, and possibly even your life. The problem is that our personal information isn’t nearly as secure as it should be. If you lose your credit-card info, your bank account, or your social security number, you’re instantly susceptible to identity fraud.
Identity fraud can be as bad as losing your financial assets. It can be as simple as a thief stealing your card or using a stolen credit card. Or, it can be as sophisticated as buying a ticket to an international flight and then trying to board your airplane using an old credit card that you just spent several hundred dollars on.
Its not just that you are susceptible to identity fraud, it is that you can be victim of identity theft. For instance, you may have your credit-card information stolen and then somehow get your social security, bank, or credit-card number. Or, you might have your identity stolen and then use that information to open a fraudulent account.
There are several ways to prevent this from happening to you. The most basic is to make sure that you only rent vehicles with valid credit-card numbers. Most hotels and airlines will allow this, so if you have your credit-card number on your rental car or hotel reservation, you should be fine. That being said, if you do get a fraudulent card, it will probably be rejected.
A better and more effective tactic is to use a third-party verification service. I use Paypal to check my credit card and my bank account, and I like it because it only takes a few seconds and doesn’t put you into an unsecure area.
The problem is there are so many of these fraud-protection systems out there that you can’t always tell which are legit and which are not. There are sites that have an IP address that is your bank-account number. Other sites simply look up your credit-card numbers and verify that you are who you say you are.