Safe Searching

For those willing to part with a few bits of personal information, it's easy to track family roots online. But before you start punching in your Social Security number, you need to weigh the risks of identity theft. According to a survey released by the Federal Trade Commission, 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year. Half the victims didn't even know how their personal information had been obtained. "It is clear that the proliferation of sensitive personal genealogical information has made it even easier for thieves to steal identities for their own criminal gain, and they can do...

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