According to Identity Theft Info, 15 million Americans are victims of identity fraud each year.
The sophistication level of identity thieves has grown exponentially. Voice phishing, or using social engineering over the telephone system, is used to gain financial reward from unsuspecting victims. Internet hacks of corporate and government databases are becoming commonplace, and lately it seems as if no one is safe.
Here are a few simple, quick, easy steps to take to prevent identity theft from happening.
1. Password protect your devices
When you don’t put a password on your iPhone, it’s like leaving your house unlocked. Make sure that all devices are password protected in case of loss or theft.
2. Use a Two-Step Authentication for your Gmail
When accessing Gmail from a new computer, you will need a code sent to your phone. This prevents anyone else from being able to access your account.
3. Protect your Wireless Connection
Use a strong encryption such as a WPA to help protect your browsing data and personal information. Legal repercussions can also be taken if someone is caught this way.
4. Set up a “clean” email address
Don’t use the same email for emailing close friends and family as well as to sign up for mailing lists and coupon deals. Because email addresses are linked to multiple databases, this will limit the amount of your personal information shared.
5. Encrypt your computer
Encrypting your computer prevents anyone trying to hack into your hard drive from accessing information. To do this, PC users can use the software Bitlocker, and Mac users can turn on FileVault in System Preferences.
6. Put a Google Alert on your name
Anytime that your name is used or appears in the online space, you will get an alert via e-mail. This can help you stay alert to other people trying to use your identity.
7. Sign out of online accounts when done using them
When using public computers, such as those in a library, make sure to always sign out of all social media and e-mail.
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