Identity Theft and Data Recovery.

So, you've heard of identity theft happening, but what is it exactly?
The use of your personal data such as your name, address, telephone number, credit card, and mother’s maiden name by other people is called identity theft, which is also known to be an identity fraud. It is the illegal use of your personality to commit crime or any illegal acts.

Usually, this crime is done to commit financial fraud . Either it is using your name to buy something or obtaining it with the use of your credit account and other personal security accounts. By using your name, the frauster leaves you with the bill to pay.

One way that criminals get this vital information is to buy or trade computers. A person buys new computers for home or office and sells the old ones as surplus or donates them to a charity. Then they are refurbished and resold to the public. The problem is that even after reformatting the hard drive, the customer data remains on the drive and can be recovered. This is bad enough when your computers data only contains basic information such as addresses and phone numbers. What if it contained medical records? Or financial data?
If it did, it could possibly put your personal or bussiness dat at risk of identity theft

How do you protect yourself and your customers?

1. Secure your computer system, especially if it is on a wireless     network.
2. Regularly backup your data and store it in a secure location.
3. Develop a Business Continuity Strategy
4. Implement an Acceptable Use Policy and other policy guidelines.
5. Ensure that all data has been eliminated before you donate or sell     that old equipment.Remove and distroy your harddrive, if needed     yourself

Many experts recommend using a professional data recovery service to sanitize any hard disk before they are discarded.

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