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Protecting Yourself from Online Identity Theft

November 27, 2018 No Comments

Featured article by M Rafiq, Independent Technology Author

In today’s digital era, we have benefited in many ways. The way in which we enjoy entertainment, shop, work, and socialize have all changed as a result of modern technology. However, there is also a downside to modern technology one of which is a new wave of crime in the form of online identity theft. This type of criminal activity has become rife over recent years with many people falling victim to online identity theft and fraud.

As a result of this type of crime, it has become more important for people to take action and protect themselves from identity theft. Falling victim to this type of crime is not only very stressful but can have an impact on your future in many other ways. This includes everything from affecting your credit score to having a huge impact on your finances.

Some Methods to Protect Yourself

There are various methods you can use in order to reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of crime. One of the things you can do is use a tool such as LifeLock, which is a tool that is designed to provide effective protection. Having a tool like this in place can dramatically cut the risk of identity theft, which means you can enjoy protection and peace of mind when you go online.

Another thing you need to be mindful of is saving your user names and passwords on your device or computer particularly if it is a shared computer. Many people do this out of habit and for convenience but it can boost the chances of falling victim to this type of crime.

In today’s digital era, it has become more important familiarize yourself with potential scams. Again, in today’s high tech world there are many scams that do the rounds such as phishing scams. By making sure you familiarize yourself with potential scams, you can avoid falling victim to them. This then reduces the risk of become a victim of identity theft.

Making sure you have decent security software in place is also very important if you want to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime. While you can get free software these days, you can get a higher level of protection by opting for a paid version. They are available at a very reasonable cost so you won’t have to spend a fortune in order to protect yourself and avoid these issues.

Finally, you should make sure you choose strong passwords when it comes to your online accounts, as obvious ones are very easy for people to work out. By using strong passwords and making sure you don’t use the same passwords for all of your account, you can further reduce the risk of becoming a victim of ID theft.

By putting these steps into place, you can save yourself a huge amount of stress and problems in the future. You can also go online with confidence without the worry of fraud and ID theft.

 

 

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