Identity theft is on the rise and The New York Times recently reviewed several new products that might help protect against this kind of fraud. Some new services will notify you if a credit card or change of address form has been filed with your name. Others let you find out if your sensitive personal information is vulnerable to attack.

Microsoft has identity theft tools built into many of its products. For example, Internet Explorer 8 helps you identify fake Web sites with Extended Validation Certificates and the SmartScreen Filter. And Windows Live Hotmail lets you click a button to report suspected phishing e-mail messages.

For more information on how to use Microsoft products to help protect you and your family from fraud, see Microsoft Online Safety: Fraud Protection.

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