I know enough about hacking to make all of my software un-usable, mess up my operating system, and crash my PC. I also know enough about hacking to re-install my operating system, re-install all my software and get my PC running fresh and relatively secure. I\u2019m no criminal hacker. And I am not suggesting that. Nor can I program; I don\u2019t know code but I do know enough to hack in a way that keeps me running, and again, secure.\n\nHacker isn\u2019t a bad word and hacking isn\u2019t a bad thing to do. It\u2019s something that if everyone who plugs into a PC every day did, they\u2019d be a heck of a lot more versed in the functionality and security of a computer.\n\nThe beauty of becoming a \u201cdo it yourself\u201d (DIY) hacker is you don\u2019t need to pay a dude to come to your home or office to fix your computer when it\u2019s not working. Three hundred and twenty five years ago I used to pay someone to fix me. Now I can do most of it myself, and when I don\u2019t know how to do it I look it up on Google. Chances are if you have had this problem, then thousands of others have too. There are a bazillion forums that you can go to and solve annoyances and real technology issues.\n\nOnce you start asking questions you begin to find people who know the answers. Next thing you know you are the person with the answers. Along the way you connect with people that are smarter than you are who actually do know code and how to really hack a system. Then keep this stable of experts on your contact list so when you are in a pinch, you reach out. But do your best to figure it out on your own first so you aren\u2019t constantly bugging them. You\u2019d be amazed at how capable you are once you invest the necessary time to learn this stuff.\n\nAnother great way to learn how to be a DIY hacker is through tech support of your new PC. Most computers come with a one year guarantee that includes phone support. Now many people complain about lousy support, but the hundred or so hours I\u2019ve spent over the years with these people from all over the world has definitely upped my hack-abilities. Even when the tech support guy is wrong, you learn something.\n\nRecently I got rid of all my old 5-6-8 year old PCs and upgraded all but one to Windows 7 boxes and couldn\u2019t be happier. In the process, I had to go through a litany of changes that were always frustrating, but made me a better, smarter, faster DIY hacker. I\u2019ve spent about 20 hours with tech support on the phone getting everything to work like it should and now I know how to do it myself when things go wrong.\n\n\u201cWhy I want my daughter to be a hacker\u201d is the title of a post that\u2019s been making waves in the blogosphere. It doesn\u2019t exactly make my point, but worth a read.\n\nInvest in Intelius identity theft protection and prevention. Not all forms of identity theft can be prevented, but identity theft protection services can dramatically reduce your risk. (Disclosures)\n\nRobert Siciliano Identity Theft Speaker discussing the identity theft on CNBC.