Identity Theft Through the Web

Identity Theft Through the Web

Thomas M. Chen (Swansea University, UK)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-323-2.ch104
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Abstract

Most people recognize there are risks to online privacy but may not be fully aware of the various ways that personal information about them can be stolen through the Web. People can be lured to malicious Web sites designed to deceive them into revealing their personal information or unknowingly download malicious software to their computer. Even worse, legitimate sites can be compromised to host attacks called drive-by downloads. This chapter describes the online risks to identity theft and the technological means for protecting individuals from losing their personal information while surfing the Web.

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