Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Identity Theft protection using Google Alerts

I heard this on the radio last night. Apparently when people steal your identity to sell online, they post the details to various forums. This data will include your name and your postcode.

So - set up a Google Alert (use the 'comprehensive' setting) for your surname and your full postcode, to get alerted if someone is using your identity. Google's spiders trawl a lot of forums, and may well pick up these details.

Clearly it's not a good idea to post up your full postcode or address online - make sure you don't do it!


charlie Gower said...

clearly we also need better security scenarios than the pedestrian ones that UK banking think is adequate!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure this will be very useful/valuable information for Google!

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