CNET: Identity theft — get used to it

David Holtzman writes about digital identity theft.

One of the strengths of digital communications is the ability to momentarily borrow an insanely expensive computer network, such as using the Internet, to deliver a message, make a purchase or look up information. Ironically, this most freeing quality of the computer age has also become its most troublesome aspect. Since we share these services with many other people, we have to identify ourselves with digital “keys” each time we use one. And it’s these same identification keys, which provide the convenience of use, that can invite misuse by identity thieves.

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