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January 5, 2011 8:43 PM Subscribe
Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible.
posted by goshling to computers & internet (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In October, my bank called me as they had spotted some suspicious charges on my VISA card. I confirmed these charges were not mine, so the card was cancelled. (The charges were both to Netflix, one was for $1.04 the other was $1.07)
In December I started receiving email from a company in Canada welcoming me to the their club and informing me they were sending out my introductory order. This email was sent to my most used email address, and included my full name, but the postal address was Canadian. I ignored their email and have not directly contacted this company, but have verbally reported it to my bank.
On 25 December my (less than 3 months old) VISA card was again frozen by the bank, due to a charge to AOL. By this time a charge had appeared from the club who sent me the email, so not only has the new card been compromised, but whoever did it also has my full name & email address, and who knows what other information.
I am still waiting on the paperwork to finalise the disputed AOL & club charges.
Also on 25 December I was sent 2 emails within about 15 minutes of each other from Firefox Sync saying I had tried to reset my password, which I hadn't.
I just noticed that 2 days ago I was sent 2 emails from my mobile phone provider also saying that I had tried to reset my password.
I am now rather unnerved and looking for advice to lock down my information as securely as possible.
Is it it likely that these events are coincidental?
I'm on a Mac, using Firefox 3.6.13 & 1Password. Just about all of my passwords are generated in 1Password & and the 1Password data file is stored in a Dropbox account. I have no idea what most of the passwords even are.
I've only been using a Mac for a little over a year, and still don't know a lot about the ins & outs.
Internet connection is via WiFi routers at home & at work, using (I think, WPA).
I'm fairly confident no one with nefarious intentions has physical access to my credit cards or my computers.
Ive been on the internet since 1995, never had anyone access any of my accounts before (that I'm aware of). I have been guilty of reusing the same password(s) in multiple places but I'm fairly sure anything remotely important now has it's own mystery password thanks to 1Password.
So any advice on ensuring my passwords/networks/computers are as safe as possible (sans disconnecting from the internet and never using a credit card ever again) appreciated. I am too nervous to even use the new credit card yet or do any internet banking, and the outstanding bills are starting to pile up.