Thursday, November 5, 2009

Why should I worry about my privacy on the Internet?

Viruses, spam, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, keyloggers, zombies, phishing schemes. Sometimes it seems that danger is always lurking on the Internet, in your email inbox, and maybe even on your computer. But are you and your personal information really at risk? And are the consequences really that bad?

From time-worn email cons allegedly originating from Nigeria to keylogger programs that capture everything you type, scams, fraud, and cons do abound on the Web. And the perpetrator may not be a suspicious-looking email or software hidden on your hard disk. It could be that new friend you met in a chat room or on a social networking site who befriends you and over time gathers your personal and financial information.

What can happen if you're the victim of a scam? You could be locked out of your online account and be unable to access your email. But there can be even greater consequences. You could be the victim of identity theft. Alibaba

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