In the fight against cybercrime, there are a wide variety of tools and tactics, many of them requiring advanced degrees in computer engineering, to defeat the bad guys.
As adults, there are a variety of ways that we might find out our identities have been stolen. Maybe it's a phone call from our credit card companies, inquiring about suspicious charges. It could be bills or cards that arrive in the mail without warning. In serious cases, it might even be discovered if you're turned down for a loan or line of credit, or if bill collectors track you down.
Throughout the year, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts informative Twitter chats on ways the public can protect itself from fraud and scams.
More and more consumers are opting to skip the craziness of Black Friday and make their purchases from the comfort of their own homes.