Have you ever been the victim of identity theft? have you ever been hacked? here’s the first in a series of critical information to help you arm yourself against the surprisingly frightening world of hackers, phishers and cybercriminals. some of our geekier readers will already be familiar with a lot of this material but may be you have a grandfather or other relatives that could benefit from having this passed on. and if you have your own methods for protecting yourself from hackers and phishers, feel free to share them with other readers in the comments. otherwise, keep reading and stay safe.