By Susan Bradley
These days, even online security experts can get burned by identity thieves who strike at popular online services.
A recent attack on an iTunes account dramatically points at the need to regularly change passwords and manage online billing info.
Inconvenient? Absolutely. But one of the most-effective ways to prevent online fraud is to close down automated billing on all of your online accounts.
I know this from first-hand experience. It started May 25 at 11:01 p.m. I happened to be online and received an e-mail confirming my payment of $40.65 for videos, tunes, and movies at the Apple iTunes store. There was one problem: I hadn’t purchased anything from Apple since May 15!
Concerned, I went into my iTunes account to see what was up. Much to my surprise, my password no longer worked. I tried again but was locked out — was refused access.