Should you be worried about online privacy?
But identity thieves don't actually need a hard drive to set up shop. They just need access. And you may have already opened that door.
Wondering just what personal information you may have left behind somewhere?
Have a look at NotInMyBackyardDiggity, a new tool designed to swiftly crawl popular websites, including Twitter and YouTube, and locate caches of data that might include your sensitive information.
Developed by Stach & Liu, a Phoenix-based security consultancy, the tool is not only designed to help large organizations, but individuals as well.
Type an e-mail address, SIN number or any other sensitive data. A few minutes later, you'll be able to see whether someone has stored that piece of information in an insecure college or public database, for instance.
You'll have to follow up to get the organization storing the data to remove it but at least you'll have an idea of what's floating around.
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money