Posted 23 April 2008 - 01:27 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:42 PM
I would also report the problem to those sites where you had the problems and let them use their more sophisticated checks on their own sites. I don't suppose the police/FBI got involved on checking? My bank was willing to go the whole route, but I got my money back so no charges filed.
Hopefully, there will be other replies by people with more experience in this.
Edited by Major Payne, 23 April 2008 - 03:26 PM.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:00 PM
Just follow Major Paynes instructions and then we will go from there
Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:03 PM
To remove your credit card information from your machine now is a bit like closing the barn door after the horse gets out. I would suggest you call your credit card company and have them issue you a new card with a new number. It's a hassle, I know, but it's better than having to deal with constantly having to clear up unauthorized charges to the current card. Who knows who all has the information by now.
I use a prepay card for internet transactions. If someone manages to get the information, it's not tied to a bank account or credit line and all they can get is the amount currently loaded on the card. There are several companies that offer reloadable prepaid cards...Walmart and Net Spend are two I am familiar with.
I would also suggest following Rorschach112 and Major Payne's advice concerning the malware forum. There are all kinds of malicious softwares out there that will reveal your information to others...unscrupulous folks who would like nothing better than to wipe out your bank account.
Staying secure on the internet is becoming increasingly difficult as malware becomes more and more sophisticated. Common sense is your best defense and having good security programs installed on your machine is increasingly vital to keeping your data secure. There are times when the only way to assure that your information is not available to others by way of your computer is to format and reinstall the operating system.
I hope we have you helped in some small measure.
Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:21 AM
Anyway, I'll follow all the advice given to me by you all and the idea of getting a prepayment card to use just on the internet is a great idea. I'll also sort one of them out. Other than that I think I'll go back to paying the old fashioned way, either cheque or cash !
Once again many thanks and I'll let you know how things go.
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