Fact or Myth? "There is nothing valuable on my computer."

  • 24 January 2012
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Myth!
 
So you don’t have major financial institution spreadsheets on your hard drive or a database of Beverly Hills socialites’ social security numbers. You probably do have an email password, access to at least one social networking site and a resumé in your documents folder, which are all someone needs to steal your identity.
 
Think about it – all your juicy lifespan details are listed: your alma mater, work timeline, etc. See, you do have something valuable on your computer – and it’s worth protecting.

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In addition, even in the unlikely event you have none of the above on your machine, it could also be in and of itself valuable to a hacker, for example it could be used as part of a botnet attack.  More information on other uses can be found on this government posting about cyber security myths http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST06-002.html
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Sophia, thanks for that great link!

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