- Twenty-seven million Americans have been victims of identity theft in the last five years and the total cost of identity theft approaches $48 billion per year (total costs to businesses are $43 billion and the direct cost to consumers is $5 billion)
- These staggering statistics have prompted security consultant Michael Arata to provide readers with the resources they need to guard themselves against identity theft
- In this valuable book, Arata offers easy-to-follow, straightforward advice on understanding identity theft, minimizing risk, maintaining vigilance, choosing who to share personal information with, selecting hard-to-guess PINs, determining victimization, reviewing a credit report, charting a course of action, resolving credit problems, reclaiming good credit, and much more
- Explains how to recover successfully if identity theft does occur
- Author Michael Arata, CISSP, CPP, CFE, ACLM, is a veteran of the security industry with more than fifteen years of experience
Part I: Getting the Scoop on Identity Theft.
Chapter 1: Who’s Stealing What . . . and What You Can Do About It.
Chapter 2: Keeping Tabs on Your Personal Information.
Chapter 3: Mike’s Anti-Identity-Theft Crash Course.
Part II: Determining Whether You’re a Victim.
Chapter 4: Smelling a Rat: Recognizing When You Are a Victim.
Chapter 5: Homing In on Bank Statements.
Chapter 6: Interpreting Your Credit Report.
Part III: Staying Ahead of Identity Theft.
Chapter 7: Watching What You Set on the Curb.
Chapter 8: Practicing Discretion in Public Places.
Chapter 9: Staying Safe Online and on the Phone.
Part IV: Taking Back Your Good Name.
Chapter 10: Joining Forces in the Identity Theft Battle.
Chapter 11: Closing Compromised Accounts.
Chapter 12: Opening New Accounts.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Make Reclaiming Your Identity Go More Smoothly.
Chapter 14: Ten Handy Resources.
Chapter 15: Ten Common Scams and How to Avoid Them.