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By now, conducting financial and business transactions online on “secure” sites has become a commonplace convenience. But, as we are reminded from time to time, it is not entirely safe to entrust confidential personal information to others. Just such a reminder occurred in late May 2006, when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disclosed that the confidential personal information of about 26.5 million people, including their Social Security numbers, had been stolen when a Virginia analyst took data home and his home was burglarized.

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