Encryption is like an apple - it keeps the doctor away and it does so efficiently.
While other people feel hassled about encryption, it can be considered as your first step in preventing getting "sick" and having to visit the doctor. When you encrypt any information that you send in email messages, IMs or websites, you are actually one inch closer to evading identity theft and other online dangers that may be accrued when you expose your personal data.
What does encryption do?
Encryption was basically utilized to protect your personal information like driver's license, social security number, credit card numbers, bank account information, username, passwords, tax returns and everything personal about you. This new technology can protect your data even if it is simply stored in your computer and even as it is transmitted into the World Wide Web. For instance, if you encrypt a certain folder in your hard drive including all the files contained in it, when another person downloads the file into a USB flash disk and tries to open it using a different computer, the file will not be opened because it is encrypted and will only be opened using a special encryption software or have it returned and opened on the original computer.
How does encryption work?
Are you familiar with the game cryptoquip? It is actually a fun puzzle game where a short piece of encrypted text is presented. "Each letter stands for another letter"-this is the most basic rule so in order for you to make sense of jumble of letters in your paper, you have to substitute the letters with another letter. Of course, the fun is in guessing which letter stands for another letter.
That's how encryption works. However, this particular security technology uses not letters but complicated mathematical algorithms that jumble your digital data into something that can only be read by your computer and its intended recipient (if you're sending it online). If you are not the intended recipient, you can still encrypt the data and read the message provided that you have the right "key" to cipher the message or put the data back in its proper order. It's not a very complicated process and most companies who have developed encryption software for users have created them to be more user-friendly.
Wherever you go and whatever transaction you conduct online, there is always some sort of encryption that you will encounter. It's not an "odd thing" because it is often employed by various websites to secure transactions and personal data of clients and consumers from identity theft. For instance, if you are fond of online shopping, you will notice that before you enter your credit card information, you will see a pop-up message that will inform you that you are entering a secure site. A secure site means that every data sent over this connection will be encrypted so even if you key in your credit card number, you can be sure that it cannot be immediately intercepted and stolen by identity theft criminals.
Identity theft has become so prevalent in today’s society that no one is safe from it. Every day on the news we hear of hackers getting into a government database and stealing valuable information.
Identity theft is now so common that people struggle to find new ways to avoid it. In this article, I discuss 6 different ways to avoid identity theft, including how to use credit cards properly, using checks properly, and other pertinent information.
1. When ordering checks, always have the bank put only your first name, middle name initials on your new checks. A thief will not know if you sign your checks with your full name, or if you use your initials. However, the bank will know this, and see a red flag immediately if there is any change in your check writing behavior.
2. Never sign your name on the back of your credit card. Not only will the person stealing your identity have your name, but your signature, and will be able to forge it easily. Instead, write “PHOTO ID REQUIRED” on the back of the card.
3. When ever you write a check for your credit card bill, do not put the full credit card number in the “memo” or “for” line on the bottom left of the check. Only use the last 4 numbers of your Cc number here. The credit card number will be in full on your statement that you send in with your payment, and the people handling your check will not know the number of your credit card.
4. Never have your SS# printed on your checks. Also, never put your actual home address on the checks, using a PO Box instead. If you don’t have a PO Box number, then use your work address. Use your work number instead of your home phone number, also.
5. Always know exactly what you have in your wallet. The best way to do this is to simply photocopy the contents, insuring that you get both back and front of any credit card, operator’s license, or identity document. Keep this photocopy in a safe place where it can easily be located by both you and your spouse or significant other if traveling. Never carry it with you!
6. A little know fact is that when checking into a hotel or motel, you are generally issued a key card to open the door to your suite. Did you know that this card contains all your vital information, such as address, phone number, credit card number and expiration date? Do not turn the card in when checking out of the hotel, but instead simply destroy the card. It is included in the price of your room. And if turned in, any dishonest employee with access to a card reader can gather your information.
Using common sense and being aware of your environment can save you costly theft of your credit card or personal information. To insure this doesn’t happen, visit [http://identitytheft.charlieallnut.com] for more information.