I live on the first floor in an apartment building in a very heavily trafficked and busy urban neighborhood. It's not a terribly dangerous place, but it definitely has its illicit activity going on - it's a college town. You don't see a lot of bars on the windows or anything. At some point yesterday, somebody broke into my apartment by forcing a window open, and they weren't in my apartment long. They didn't really ransack the place, it was almost hard to tell someone had been there. I am frankly puzzled by how very little they took and what they did take as it wasn't very valuable. They did rifle through my filing cabinet and they did steal my laptop which they will need a password to use, but if they are able to get past that, they will have access to all of my online accounts and my financial information (which I have already locked down).
I'm trying to work out a checklist for everything I need to do now, and I have one complicating factor about ID. [more inside]
Help me fend off the cyber brigands (and persuade my family that they need help)! [more inside]
Can I sue my former employer for leaking my social security number, email address and physical address? [more inside]
Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
My cousin's Facebook account was compromised and some person or bot is sending spam to his Facebook friend list. He canceled his Facebook account a month ago, but spam keeps arriving in my email box -- as if my cousin is still a Facebook member. The spam seems to be arriving from a legitimate Facebook domain.
What can your Social Security Number tell someone about you? [more inside]