It is so easy to become prey to identity theft. All you have to do is purchase one thing online, visit one site that installs harmful malware on your computer, and your entire life can be impacted. McAfee estimated that malware grew by 400% as a whole in 2008.
The total cost of identity theft was around $1,000,000,000,000 ($1 trillion) last year, mainly from people sitting behind a computer, stealing passwords, social security numbers, bank account information, credit card numbers, and other private information right off your hard drive without your knowledge of such illicit activities occurring. No technology is infallible, so the only certain way of protecting your identity is to purchase family identity theft insurance.