Spotting Identity Theft to Protect Your Family

By editor April 5, 2013 1 Comment   

Spotting Identity Theft to Protect Your Family

The internet is a great place for discovery and learning, it contains information on about almost anything. There are simply so many things that we can see and learn. With billions of people using the internet on a daily basis, the internet also become a place for opportunistic individuals to thrive, preying naïve and gullible internet users, using their personal information for selfish gains, malicious, and even destructive purposes, and this is what we call the “identity theft.”

Identity theft is one of the biggest risks in the internet, especially among kids and seniors. Identity theft is when someone uses somebody else’s identity and take advantage of it, such as using someone else’s name, credit cards, and other personal information.

These opportunistic individuals hack people’s online personal accounts, especially emails, to get a hold of people’s login details.

Protecting Your Family Against Identity Theft

The best way to protect yourself against this form of cyber crime is to be very careful in your internet activities, especially in putting your personal information online. Make sure you’re always extra careful of the shady attempts of scams and spammy emails that ask your personal information.

Also, never ever, put your social security number online. Social security number is a personal identifier, and you need to be very careful in using it.

When making online transactions, never show your personal details unless you’re ready and actually are making the purchase. Also, make sure you only do business with reputable sites.

Always be cautious in using your personal information online. Teach your kids and senior loved ones to be cautious in talking to and dealing with people online

By being cautious, seniors can definitely have a safe and enjoyable online experience.

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One Comments to “Spotting Identity Theft to Protect Your Family”
  1. These are great tips, I would like to add another if you don't mind. Be aware of the information that your children share online via social media. Profiles that contain the name of your high school, pets names and other sensitive information that can be viewed by the public are a possible leak. All of those answers are usually also answers to security questions given by websites that contain your account information (banking etc....) It would be wise to not share this information with most people in such a public manner

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