Separating myth from reality in ID theft

From TechRepublic:

Gretchen Hayes was understandably concerned when she received a letter warning that she could be at risk of identity theft.

A laptop had been stolen from the University of California at Berkeley in March, and stored on it was personal information on 98,369 graduate students or graduate-school applicants, including Hayes.

The breach–which exposed names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers–was widely reported in the media, and the school created a special Web site to help individuals who found themselves suddenly vulnerable.

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