Chilling Security Fix article on ID Theft

Brian Kreb’s Security Fix blog in the Washington Post has an entry about his research for an article on identity theft. Its worth a read.
The point I take from the article is that it is important to be careful of where you shop online. Companies like Amazon have security departments that continually work to improve security, and are likely to notice database compromises. If you think that is an optimistic statement compare that with the likelihood that the store you found through a bargain hunting website will notice a hack, or be prepared for one. Is it worth saving $5 to buy through Fred’s Bargain Camera goods?
I’ve written before about a seller of Palm Treo cases that exposed my name and address to anyone on the internet. I would consider avoiding the smaller online sellers. If they cant be avoided see if your Credit Card company offers one time card numbers for internet use.