I am constantly being pitched "Identify Theft Protection" by my credit card company, my bank and of course on TV. When so many people are so anxious to sell me something, I get suspicious. Do I really need this? I didn't think I did, but I wasn't sure.
It is a confusing subject. You probably know that fraudulent credit card purchases are pretty well protected anyway. You may know that you can "freeze" access to your credit scores, which can prevent identity thieves from opening new accounts in your name. But what about identity theft for purposes of medical insurance? The people who do that don't necessarily steal a dime from you, but they can still cause a lot of trouble and problems.
This book covers everything you need to know about identity theft of all kinds. I could have done without the dumbed-down USA Today charts that litter the pages, but otherwise the information content of the text is high and valuable.
I can't say that I learned a lot from this, but I did learn more than I expected to. It's made me think about this whole subject more carefully, and has caused me to add more protections that I wasn't certain about before. No, that didn't include the credit card and TV "protection" - those things don't seem to be worthwhile, but there are other simple and inexpensive ways to increase your identity security.
Tony Lawrence 2009-05-03 Rating:
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What do such machines really do? They increase the number of things we can do without thinking. Things we do without thinking — there's the real danger. (Frank Herbert)