Amidst home pages and bookmarks, emails and download links, threats are lurking. Here are 6 ways to protect your personal information against identity theft and fraud while navigating the Internet.
1. Be Selfish:
Identity theft protection is about you. Make it more difficult for an identity thief by being extremely stringent when giving out any personal information. Take your selfishness to the extreme, even when dealing with companies that you trust. Answer common security questions, such as “what is your mother’s maiden name?” with a false answer.
2. Be Suspicious:
Not sure if that website you’re visiting is secure? Not sure if the person on the phone is legitimately calling from Microsoft to help you with your computer? Embrace your suspicion. Hang up. Navigate away from that website. Listen to your gut and remember that you can never be too suspicious when it comes to identity theft.
3. Be Sneaky:
After hacking into your email account, a hacker can discover an alarming amount of your personal information, as well as access to your contacts. Your email address is now considered a piece of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and as such must be protected. But what happens when you need to use an email address to gain access to a website or to sign up for a newsletter? Outsmart fraudsters by creating an email address to be used solely for these purposes, while saving your personal address for personal matters.
4. Be Secretive:
Going on vacation, but don’t want to make the news public? Announcing that you are going to be out of your house, out of the country and away from work is like leaving the door to your identity wide open. Save all your excitement and share it with photos to back it up when you return and you are back on full duty to guard the front door of your life.
5. Be Shrewd:
Don’t forget that you already have an arsenal at your disposal in the battle against identity theft. One of our favourites is credit bureau monitoring. Information on the state of your own house of credit – who is looking at your file, what financial institutions are listed on your file, and even what your address and phone number are with the bureau, are smart pieces of information to have. Do you really want to find out that a fraudster knows more about your credit history than you?
6. Be Subversive:
Do you consider yourself a rebellious person? Do you speak up when others are being mistreated? Now is the time to speak up and rebel against the theft and fraud that is costing Canadians time, money and most of all, our good names. We are the side that has the largest numbers so we should be the loudest, the most present, and the strongest. Let’s prove that we are not just alarmed at the headlines, and the numbers, that we are angry and we’re not going to take it anymore. Sharing this article is a start!
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