Did you know that more people are victims of ID theft than of robbery, car theft, pick pocketing and blackmailing -- COMBINED?
Most ID theft today comes from the internet.
All your credit card data, all your passwords, all your accounts, emails,...it takes just a fraction of a second for hacker-programmed script to steal all these and upload them to the black market.
And it's rarely your fault...
Actually, you have very little control over it.
Imagine, you are searching Google for a new restaurant in town, you visit a website, you don't download a thing... and next thing you know,... your credit card is blocked, police are at your door accusing you of a crime, and you have to PROVE you didn't commit it.
How's that possible?
"Zero-day exploits" are vulnerabilities that software manufacturers don't know about. For example, until recently, a bug in Internet Explorer enabled arbitrary code to be downloaded and executed from a website to your computer without you taking any action whatsoever; it can happen if you simply visit the website.
Are antivirus, firewalls, antispam good solutions?
Yes and no.
Yes, because they are better than nothing.
No, for two reasons:
1) They do not protect you against new or custom-made viruses and evil-scripts, so you are always a step behind hackers.
2) There is no all-inclusive solution for ID theft protection.
There is no software that will do it all for you.