Free Identity Theft Test

Free Identity Theft Test


It’s very convenient to let Internet Explorer (IE) or Firefox save values and automatically complete fields on forms, but it may not be completely secure. Think about what could happen if you walk away from your computer for an extended period,
and someone else walks up to it and starts working.

How This Works
Click in a fields below and click the down arrow key on your keyboard or try typing the initial digits of the appropriate numbers or letters in these same fields, to see what your browser gives up.

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT ASKING TO FILL IN THE INFORMATION.

PC Pitstop will never see the contents of these
fields.
If you have auto-complete disabled or other browser privacy restrictions in place – this test may not produce results for you.

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Survey: Did the Test Find Anything?
Share your experience with this test and find out what others have to say.
The Problem: Your Private Data May Be Exposed
Perhaps you have used your computer for online shopping at some time in the past, and allowed your browser to save your credit card number.
If the person who walked up to your computer were malicious or dishonest, they could take advantage of the saved number to
buy items with your credit card.
What about your social security number? If the browser has saved that, someone else using
your computer could steal it just by typing a number, and use it to steal your
identity.

Another danger of allowing your browser to save values and autocomplete fields on
forms is that it makes "phishing" easier. Suppose a malicious site duplicates
the layout of one of your favorite commerce sites and tricks you into going to
its own page. After just one keystroke, the site could grab your entire credit
card number, which your browser has "helpfully" supplied.

The Solutions
We recommend several steps that you can take to make your online accounts more secure from a physical intrusion at your computer:
PC Pitstop Recommendations
Consider clearing and/or disabling the Auto Complete feature of your browser.

To configure AutoComplete settings in Internet Explorer 7:

  • Open the Web browser.
  • From the Tools menu and click Internet Options.
  • Select the Content tab.
  • Click the Settings button.
  • Clear the checkbox next to any of the choices for using AutoComplete: Web Addresses, Forms, or User Names and Passwords On Forms.
  • Click OK.
  • To configure History & Privacy Options in Firefox:

    History

  • Open the Web browser.
  • From the Tools menu — click Options.
  • Select your History preferences
  • Click OK.
  • Clearing Private Data

  • Open the Web browser.
  • Select Clear Private Data.
  • Select the Private Data you wish to Clear.
  • Click Clear Private Data Now
  • Click OK.
  • Setting Private Data Preferences

  • Open the Web browser.
  • From the Tools menu — click Options.
  • Under Privata Data — Choose your Preferrences
  • Click OK.
  • If you allow your system to sleep or hibernate, set it to ask for a password
    when it resumes. This is especially important on a laptop computer.
    Don’t use your browser to save credit card numbers.
    If you need help remembering your credit card numbers or typing your address,
    use a more secure product for filling in forms, such as RoboForm.
    Have an account password for access to your computer, and make it a strong password.
    Log out of your account when you leave your computer for an extended period.
    If you use a screen saver, set it to ask for a password when it resumes.

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    50 thoughts on “Free Identity Theft Test

    1. RE: bigfish Says:
      December 13th, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Wait a minute!
      You want me to summit all that info on one convenient form???

      I think this is BS

      ==============

      HEY BONEHEAD!!!….Did you read the ‘CAUTION’ statements at the top of the list before you even enter any of the information asked for??? See below for…

      WHAT YOU MISSED!!!…

      How This Works

      Click in a fields below and click the down arrow key on your keyboard or try typing the initial digits of the appropriate numbers or letters in these same fields, to see what your browser gives up.

      PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT ASKING TO FILL IN THE INFORMATION.

      PC Pitstop will never see the contents of these fields.

      If you have auto-complete disabled or other browser privacy restrictions in place – this test may not produce results for you.
      ==============================

      The only thing that showed up on my run of the test was one of my e-mail addresses — NOTHING ELSE (Credit Card number, SSAN, Home address, etc.).

    2. To PC Pitstop Sara,

      No. People don’t seem to read anything properly any longer. Most begin to read then guess. A fact easily proved by writing to more or less any company or even banks. They usually answer with a solution that has no relation to your problem whatsoever.

      The people who need this EXCELLENT UTILITY are the ones who won’t use it because they are unable to understand such a simple concept. They are the same people as those who have no security set up on their wireless routers, there are FOUR in the vicinity of where I live. I could ‘get onto’ all of them with no problem if I were so inclined. If I were a criminal I wouldn’t need to pay a subscription to an ISP that’s for sure.

    3. Cute. On a lark I decided to use Firefox 2 from my MacBook’s OS X for this test at the same time (I’ve got VMware running Windows with Firefox 3 off of the Bootcamp partition,) but OF COURSE Firefox hangs on to what little private information my computer has like glue no matter which operating system I use! Furthermore, I use Roboform in Windows. Having read some of the other comments I think this test was devised for those people who thought they had to fill in and/or submit the information. I hope at least *some* of them learned something!

    4. Don’t people READ anymore?

      “Click in a fields below and click the down arrow key on your keyboard or try typing the initial digits of the appropriate numbers or letters in these same fields, to see what your browser gives up. PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT ASKING TO FILL IN THE INFORMATION.”

      At no time was anyone asked to FILL IN all their information…”down arrow”….”initial digits”…come on, people. Don’t flame PCPitstop because you didn’t read the instructions.

    5. Are you guys crazyÉ I don`t think I would give you all my personal information no matter how honest you say you are. You need to come up with a more secure shill than that!

    6. Entered my information for the test. Then what? There’s no “Go” button to click to run the test! There’s something about “68 Digs” at the top of the screen, but that doesn’t change no matter what I type in the info fields. No test results for me.

    7. Its all well and do to be carefull about identity theft but asking people to enter ALL the most secure details about themselves is surely risky in itself, before doing the test you should ask yourself how safe can this test be.Once submitted it could go anywhere across the globe, this test could be the one you wish you did not do.Just be more wary and refuse things like this good intentions or not.

    8. Many first time users don’t understand or realize that the information displayed on the form is coming directly from their computer and IS NOT being transmitted to anyone. David Maxwell said it best “# David Maxwell Says:
      December 13th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

      I think a number of people have misunderstood just what you are getting them to do. They are filling in the boxes with their information, (or balking at doing so), then expecting the data to be sent to PC Pitstop. That is not the idea at all. Click in any blank field and hit the down arrow; if there are auto-complete data stored in your own PC, they will fill the blank field. The data aren’t going anywhere other than from your own auto-complete file onto your own screen.”

      When you enter a single or few characters in a field and then press the down arrow something may be displayed. If it is then autocomplete is enabled on your system. If nothing is shown then either autocomplete is disabled or your security program is working as designed.

    9. passed with nothing happening but I have never let my pc store anything what happens when you buy a new pc? you think when you donate the old one who ever gets it will clean everything off LOL I think not! they can dumpster dive here as well because i paid 20 bucks at wal mart and got a shredder and everything with personal data goes thought it before it gets tossed. think like a crook and you’ll be safe.

    10. For all the idiots out there that think PC Pitstop is asking you to enter your personal information in whole on this “test”, please unplug your computer now and return it. These ideas are spurned by an obvious malfunction of your computer which indicate that your O.H.S. card is faulty. There is no replacing a bad O.H.S. card, you can only return the computer or junk it.

      By the way, for those of you that are wondering… a O.H.S. card is, Operator Head Space… yes the faulty component is the moron sitting in front of the computer, who could not manage to read the instructions at the top of the page.

    11. Useful test – shows I’m doing the right things.
      Shame all visitors to this page haven’t read and properly understood the instructions, but perhaps that is the aspect of internet use that needs to be highlighted. The need for people to think before they ‘click’.

    12. I think that auto-complete and saving passwords is a feature many Windows users can do without. Its like, U are set up to B stolen from, especially if U don’t really know how 2 configure your computer upon installing Windows. I always have disabled these features, and don’t like that Windows leaves this ‘window’ open for thier users. Great article!!

    13. I have relied on you guys for more than ten years for all the great info, tests, tips, and everything else I need to keep my home computer running safely and in tip-top shape.
      Thanks for this VERY timely ID theft article & test.
      It revealed nothing since I don’t store ANY personal info on my computer. Being very old-fashioned, I have relied on my trusty rolodex ever since I bought my first computer. It’s proven it’s worth over and over where my computer safety is concerned.
      KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

      P.S. Nostalgic article, too. When I was growing up, I and my family vacationed at Myrtle Beach every summer. Nothing like Carolina Beach Music!

    14. Good reminder for folk to clear cookies too.
      I don’t save any of that stuff.
      If you need all that info regularly you should save it in a .txt file and then cut and paste it as needed. The file can be anywhere since .txt files are so small.
      Use a coded name for it.
      it can have a progression of passwords in it too if you like to change them frequently.
      if you keep it on a music cd or flash drive full of mp3s .. you can take it with you so nobody can get access.

      Security is easy if you use your head.

    15. I use sxipper for my logins with a master password which times out after 60 seconds of inactivity. Although these logins can be exported in plain text, you need the master password to do so and they are not kept in readable form. I also use a plugin for both IE and Firefox which encrypts any keystrokes to thwart keyloggers.

    16. Those of you worried about entering private data on the form are missing the point: you’re not expected to (and shouldn’t) enter any complete data. That’s why the note at the top of the form says it won’t find anything if you don’t have autocomplete enabled, which is the potential security leak that it’s really checking for, Just enter the first character in a field; if nothing more appears, that’s good. Try 3, 4, 5 & 6 in the credit card fields: most of the major credit cards start with one of those. What you DON’T want to see is your computer spouting out a valid card number when you enter the first digit. If it does, that info is stored, quite possible in clear text, on your HD. Likewise for SSN, etc.

      If you use Roboform or one of the several encrypted password repository programs, be sure they’re closed before running the test. And don’t keep them open/enabled/active except while you’re actually using them.

      Also, if you do need to keep confidential data on your HD, be sure such files are either encrypted or stored in encrypted containers. My most potentially damaging data, including tax returns and credit reports, are encrypted and stored on thumb drives which are locked up away from the computer when not in use, rather than on the HD. Just be sure to have multiple copies in case one drive fails. And consider an off-site (such as a safe-deposit box if you have one) backup copy of any files which (1) are critical and (2) would be difficult or impossible to recreate if lost.

      A final tip: if you use wireless access to your home network only occasionally, disable your router’s wireless access when it’s not needed. That’s usually just a single check box in the router’s configurator whose password, hopefully, is customized and NOT the well-known factory default.

    17. Question for Pc Pitstop:
      What percent of website visitors to this “Test” actually typed personal data into the fields on this UNSECURED webpage? Those who did failed the REAL “Test”.

      Please make these statistics available to ALL recipients of the PC Pitstop Newsletter. It will justify a new article titled “GULLIBILITY”.

    18. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!?! PC Pitstop has just tricked its readers into typing ALL of their most personal data into a webpage that is NOT SECURE! (HTTP instead of HTTPS). Gee, I wonder how many “trusting (but gullible) readers” had their identity stolen today from hackers monitoring this webpage? And the saddest part… most of the above comments are THANKING PC Pitstop for this test. Your readers are unaware of the OBVIOUS BREACH in their personal security.

      Thanks PC Pitstop. Although you wrote a great article (“Identity Theft – Be Scared”), you have successfully brought Internet Security to a new low via your “Free Identity Theft Test”.

    19. Just follow the tips for securing your browser. There is no need to use the test. If you must use the test then just enter the first letter or number.(Only do this for an email address or some other not so critical information). If the browser is going to give up any information then it will with just the first letter or number typed. If the first item reveals any personal information then don’t proceed and do what is suggested in the tips to secure your browser. Further more use a password manager(I use any password), a firewall, an antivirus program and anti malware program/s to keep your internet experience safe. Don’t trust anyone on the internet unless you are sure the site is genuine. My ebay id and password were stolen due to my clicking on a link within an email which I believed to be a genuing email from ebay. Turns out it was a phishing scam. I had a hard time to try to contact ebay and sort it out before the thieves manage to sell non existent digital slr cameras on my ebay site. You can never be too cautious.

      All the best.

    20. With No credit cards what-so-ever, and no bank info on my system … the only thing that can be found is my email addresses. 2 of those re-route my messages to my true ISP. PCPitstop hasn’t tweaked me at all.

    21. One comment to those who are concerned about entering these details here – simply enter the first few keys and instructed. If you have autocomplete enabled, you will get a response after typing a few keys – you don’t need to risk the security of your information by entering it all.

    22. I passed,nothing showed. But i have been using roboforms for many years,but if you have a PW stealer on your computer when you fill out the forms for the first time even roboform wont help. Everyone must be using a anti-virus program thats set to update automatically and a firewall.
      And Keep your windows updated also,this is the #1 reason for getting viruses and other bad things on computers,not keeping windows updated. Set it up to auto update also. 🙂

    23. I too felt this page should have security in place… before submitting my information.So, I didn’t take the test.

      I have always set up IE to delete Temp files when closing the browser, Keep the History at 0, never use autocomplete anything, never store passwords or any ID in the browser.

    24. What I don’t see on this, page where my private information will be sent from, is the cute little lock that tells me even this info is protected.
      Let me know when you add it.

    25. I think a number of people have misunderstood just what you are getting them to do. They are filling in the boxes with their information, (or balking at doing so), then expecting the data to be sent to PC Pitstop. That is not the idea at all. Click in any blank field and hit the down arrow; if there are auto-complete data stored in your own PC, they will fill the blank field. The data aren’t going anywhere other than from your own auto-complete file onto your own screen.

    26. dear pitstop

      this is a good idea for Free Identity Theft Test but i have mixed resavations about putting my card details into a website like you want us to do without seeing the padlock as this could be used by various software that is out there trying to find details floating about in cyber space untill i see the lock inplace then i appologise i will not use this facility thankyou (a customer )

    27. I run Norton Internet Security 2008 on my laptop AND make sure I have auto-complete disabled.

      The test produced NO results whatsoever – the completion of any online forms etc is handled via Indentity Safe, which offers me the choice of whether or not I wish to proceed, whilst at the same time making it abundantly clear that I am passing on extremely important information. Even within the Indentity Safe program I am able to choose between differing levels of security, the highest being “screwed down” very tightly indeed, although I do recognise that individuals with suficient technical know-how can penetrate any such program, whether it is yours or one manufactured by one of your competitors.

      Ultimately the only way to be completely safe is to make sure ALL record of passwords, numbers etc, in the shape of auto-fill and cookies, is disabled so that the important information is kept elsewhere.

      Having said that of course the easiest way for a crook to obtain the details they require is to just ask for them, which is what you are doing here. Anyone who is foolish enough to actually complete your form is making the very risky assumption that you are who you claim to be and that your motives are purely altruistic, and whilst that is probably true, you are ultimately concerned with selling your own products – not that I am suggesting anything remotely underhand please understand. It’s merely that if we are going to talk dispationately about security from Identity Theft, then I should be blunt.

      On balance you are performing a praiseworthy function drawing the attention of the ignorant and misinformed to a matter of great importance and significance…

    28. Good advise, tks. I did not do the test & recommend people do not do it as no web site should be trusted blindly added to the fact that there may be a trojan present in the PC.

    29. I passed, but I’ve been using Roboform for years. Even so, I got my Credit card stolen anyway, recently. How can I protect from that? I use Road Runner.

    30. Now I am worried, No info reported in any of the boxes.
      does this mean the scanner is faulty?
      I do take basic steps, delete cookies/files/history EVERYTIME leave the internet even if continuing to use the computer, I also clear recent documents when closing down, couldn’t say why,something I have always done, dont suppose it really helps, never thought about it before now.

    31. What galls me is WHY these “features” are even available, especially when most of the users have no idea of what is really going on inside their machine.
      What you have here in this survey are from those of us who are somewhat computer savvy. I send many of my friends here to fix some of the problems they encounter. Thank you for your service. Keep up the good work.

    32. Oh dear, this is a useful page for work colleagues to use on your unlocked computer at work. They will be able to see many useful things about you!

    33. i did the test, and i know i have mutable user names and passwords stored in the IE7 autofill along with some other stuff (nothing personally “ID”able. ) and your test showed no results. (could it be, because i keep my “tracking cookies” cleaned out?) or because im useing McAfee Internet Security Sute, how ever if a user is crazy enought to put their SSN number or credit card numbers on their PC, they are just asking for problems, has a rule of thumb, never store user names or passwords. Yes, it may take a extra 30 seconts to log into your bank’s website, but your more secure when not saveing your user names and passwords on the PC. also make sure that you don’t get virus’s or keyloggers, if you susspect that there is a keylogger on your PC, don’t visit a site that requires your personnal infomation, there is a good chance it can get stolen, remember SAFTY FIRST! don’t take risk, have a great day! Dustin.

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