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Identity Theft

TermDefinition
Spyware software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another's computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive.
Dumpster Diving a technique used to retrieve information that could be used to carry out an attack on a computer network.
Firewall a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication.
Forgery the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.
Fraud wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
Identity Theft the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
Peer-to-Peer relating to computer networks in which each computer can act as a server for the others, allowing shared access to files and peripherals without the need for a central server.
Phishing the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
Shoulder Surfing the practice of spying on the user of an ATM, computer, or other electronic device in order to obtain their personal access information.
Snail Mail the ordinary postal system as opposed to email.
Scams a dishonest scheme; a fraud.
Anti-Virus Software software designed to detect and destroy computer viruses
Better Business Bureau a private nonprofit organization that receives consumer complaints and rates the performance and reliability of businesses based on a number of criteria.
Federal Trade Commission a federal agency that administers antitrust and consumer protection legislation in pursuit of free and fair competition in the marketplace.
Equifax a consumer credit reporting agency in the United States
TransUnion an American company that provides credit information and information management services
Experian One of the three largest credit reporting bureaus in the United States.
Internal Revenue Service U.S. government agency responsible for the collection of taxes and enforcement of tax laws.
Solicitations the act of asking for or trying to obtain something from someone.
Spam irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.
Created by: lgrover18