These measures may seem extreme, but they are the only way you can have any reasonable expectation that you have done your best to protect yourself. It’s a lot easier to change an account number and password than it is to recover stolen money from some goon living overseas. As the saying goes, just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.
Next week: how did Mary’s Hotmail account get hacked?
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or www.davemoorecomputers.com.