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Celebrity's compromised personal information has 'common folk' concerned

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It's a great thing to have. Immediate access to any kind of information anywhere and anytime you want it. But it comes with a price.

"There are people out there who are looking every minute of their life to try to see how they can take advantage of a good citizen," said Don Clark former head of Houston's FBI office.

"It's a growing problem," said Cameron Calligan, a prosecutor who specializes in cybercrimes.

Calligan says most people have no idea how their private information was compromised.

"They really don't know how it happened, wether it be their credit card number being compromised because we all, myself included use my credit card more on line than in person."

Any financial paperwork you've ever filled out on line or any credit card purchase you've ever made is there for eternity.

"Don't expect the machine and the system to protect your information fully," Clark said. "We've got to be responsible ourselves."

Experts say don't give out any information on line that you wouldn't share over the phone like your social security number.

"You can take a person's social security number and really just destroy these people," Clark said. "Just a social security number alone."

While local law officials aren't seeing a lot of doxxing here since that cybercrime seems to target celebrities that doesn't mean more and more Houstonians aren't feeling the long lasting effects of identity theft.

"It took years for them to clean up the mess and get on with their lives'," Calligan said.

Experts advise limiting information you put on line and only share that information with people and entities you know personally.

Not Facebook friends you only know through other people.

"That word friend has gotten all out of whack," Clark said.

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