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SonicWall warns of the need for vigilance as well as technology.

Sonicwall : 30 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
Identity theft can only be partially avoided using technology with SonicWall warning IT users of the need for care with shared data which may seem innocent but which could lead to stolen identities.
In response to the news that stolen identities have been used to hack into personal bank accounts, audaciously stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds, network security specialists SonicWALL believe the best defence against social engineering tricks or 'phishing' techniques is a constant vigilance in protecting your information.

Andrew Brown, Technical Manager at SonicWALL said, "Awareness of the need for essential security controls like antivirus, spam filters and firewalls, is getting better, but all web users must all become increasingly aware of the data we innocently share in other ways, on the phone, or through Facebook for example. Even just a couple of snippets culled from the web, an email, or a discarded bank statement in your bin can be enough to fake your identity and gain access to your assets."

Brown advises that individuals exercise high levels of caution with their own data, no matter how innocuous. Companies should ensure not only that all networks are protected, but that all staff keep to a data protection policy when communicating either online or by traditional methods, as well as by shredding documents before throwing them out.

Andrew is available for interview regarding computing safety and the measures that can be take to prevent the likelihood of becoming a hacking or phishing victim, both corporately and for individuals.
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