There's Nothing Really Wrong with Your Windows Live Account

When an email, apparently from a bank, credit card company, or Internet provider, asks for your personal information, you know there's something phishy going on. When a cyber con-artist goes phishing, he or she sends out email in hopes of tricking people into giving away passwords and other valuable information.

An interesting phishing letter aimed at Windows Live members has been making the rounds lately. It's relatively wordy and clearly written by someone without a good grasp of English grammar: "We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better." The message threatens the death of your account and data if you don't reply, then goes on to ask for your User Name, Password, Date of Birth, and Country. (For the full text, see this Windows Live forum discussion.)

People who are easily fooled will panic and fill in the information. Before long, spam will start going out in their name. They may get locked out of their own email accounts, or worse.

But sometimes even smart people are fooled, so it's good to have protection. Trend Micro's Titanium Internet Security and Titanium Maximum Security both block spam.

What's more, these packages’ Data Theft Prevention feature keeps you from sending out compromising information such as passwords. When you set it up, you tell it what numbers and text strings you want to protect, and it will keep you from inappropriately sharing that information.

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