Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves

Swiped How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers Phishers and Identity Thieves Increasingly identity theft is a fact of life We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders and those are good ideas as far as they g

  • Title: Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves
  • Author: Adam Levin Beau Friedlander
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders, and those are good ideas as far as they go But the truth is, there are people out there a lot of them who treat stealing your identity as a full time job.One such company is a nameless firm located in Russia,Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders, and those are good ideas as far as they go But the truth is, there are people out there a lot of them who treat stealing your identity as a full time job.One such company is a nameless firm located in Russia, which has a trove of over a billion internet passwords Another set up a website full of live streams of hacked web cameras, showing everything from people s offices and lobbies to the feeds from baby monitors Even purchases made in person are still logged by retailers like Target, who are famously vulnerable to hackers.Adam Levin, a longtime consumer advocate and identity fraud expert, is your guide to this brave new world By telling memorable stories and extracting the relevant lessons, he offers a strategy for dealing with these risks You may not be able to prevent identity theft, but you certainly shouldn t wait until it happens to take action Levin s approach is defined by the three M s minimizing risk, monitoring your identity, and managing the damage The book is also organized around the different problems caused by identity theft financial, criminal, medical, familial, etc enabling readers to dip into the sections most relevant to them.Swiped is a practical, lively book that is essential to surviving the ever changing world of online security It is invaluable not only for preventing problems but helping cope when they arrive.

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    1. Not awful, but long on generalities & incredibly repetitious. The author, Adam Levin, doesn't 'work for' IDT911 as he states a dozen or more times, but actually founded the company in 2003, at least according to the history of CyberScout, the new name of the company as of this year, 2017. I didn't learn that until I started writing this review, but I find it disingenuous at best. This book is an advertisement of his company & his services. Still, there's some good information in it. I'd [...]

    2. A mix of information security strategies focused on identity theft. A Must read in this social media, credit card age.

    3. Many recommendations for avoiding fraud and identity theft. The author recommends checking bank and credit accounts daily. It is also good to set alerts for withdrawals so they can be tracked.

    4. Swiped: How to Protect Yourself In a World of Scammers, Phishers and Identity Thieves, Adam Levin, 2016, ISBN 9781610397209The question is not if, but when, identity theft happens to you. This book gives the details.Everyone has read about the major data breaches of recent years, exposing the personal information of hundreds of millions of people. The bad people in this world have come up with new ways to scam the public. A letter or phone call may come from a debt collector saying that, for ins [...]

    5. When you aren’t an expert in a particular field, you can be cowed by someone who IS (supposedly) an expert. That’s how I feel as I read Levin’s book Swiped. It’s a clever title. You think at first: Oh, he’s talking about how you swipe your card in a reader when purchasing an item, and then you get caught up in the pun. He’s really talking about when someone else swipes your card and swipes it in a reader or uses it to swipe your data. As a student of rhetoric, I’m always suspicious [...]

    6. Two thirds of the book really seamed geared to the consumer to protect themselves. I enjoyed that by chapter 13 Adam finally went into some of the enterprise issues. Although a lot of this is common knowledge for me working in the IT field. It is a good reminder to continue to have the conversation about security and make sure you and your employees/customers are kept safe and educated about being taken advantage of.

    7. Swiped provides an important message that's numbingly repetitive. It's worth a skim for the interesting ID theft statistics.

    8. If you only read one nonfiction book this year, it should be this one. It's going on the "Recommended Reading" slide show in my office.

    9. I'm probably going to read this one again because it's so chock full of helpful information I don't think I absorbed it all. This book could be the basis for an excellent library program

    10. Looking for a growth industry? Try identity theft. Over a third of Americans have experienced some degree of outside use of their accounts, and that number will only rise as our personal data is collected in more and more places. News reports may have alerted citizens to the need to destroy physical mail carrying their social security number and other personal information, but even the most vigilant of privacy-protectors can’t stop outside forces from sacking institutions that use that data. B [...]

    11. Prepare to be alarmed and made a little paranoid (in a good way), even if you thought you knew a fair amount about keeping your information safe. Adam Levin has written a book that minces no words in telling you that it is not a matter of "if" your personal information will be compromised, but "when." Considering I don't know a single person who has not gotten a letter informing him/her of a data breach, had a debit/credit card "skimmed," or found errors on their credit report, I wasn't really s [...]

    12. Levin's work provides many helpful suggestions on how to prevent identity theft, how to secure one's financial resources, and how to do the preceding without paying for exorbitant credit or identity theft services. The case studies are interesting narratives that faculty can use to illustrate his ideas.

    13. I really liked the book! It is an eye-opener on how vulnerable we all are to identity theft, social media harassment and scams. The real-life stories are compelling and the book includes practical advice to protect yourself from crime.Angela K.Librarian Mahon BranchLubbock Public Library Call #: 364.1633 LEVI

    14. Missed the MarkTopic was ripe to be written about and I was really excited to read after I had purchased. I found that the book could have been better organized and seemed very repetitive. I was a bit disappointed.

    15. This book is informative as well as scary. All of your cyber night mares come true. finding inevitability at a higher rate for protection from scams, pheishing, etc. Highlights of possible care one can take still do not guarentee safety, but is better than nothing. Stay cyber safe guys.

    16. A terrifying book about all the ways in which your identity can be, well, swiped -- online, offline, anywhere. Change your passwords. Read the book, because the author gives you some good tips on how to stay a little safer in amongst the horror stories.

    17. Be forewarned. A little paranoia when it comes to guarding your digital life can save you time, money and heartache.

    18. Interesting reading providing tips to protect yourself from scammers, identity thieves as well as phisers

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