Having your identity stolen can be a nightmare, and cleaning up the mess can take months. You can make life difficult for a would-be identity thief by locking down these five key aspects of your online life
"What happened to my ZDNet colleague Matthew Miller this month is the stuff nightmares are made of,"
writes Ed Bott in
ZDNet. "The title pretty much says it all: 'SIM swap horror story: I've lost decades of data and Google won't lift a finger.'
In Matthew's case, hackers were able to convince T-Mobile to issue a replacement SIM that gave them access to his primary phone number. That in turn allowed them to reset passwords on his Gmail account, which pretty much gave them unfettered access to his entire identity. They then proceeded to shut down his Twitter account, wipe out everything associated with his Google account, and even access his online banking accounts..."
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