DON’T GIVE THIEVES A CHANCE TO STEAL YOUR INFO
Online security breaches happen daily. While digital devices pervade every corner of our lives, everyone makes mistakes that allow hackers easy access to our data. Boosting our own personal digital security can prevent these disasters.
Asking yourself these questions can help you protect your online privacy.
1. How often do you share your information online and what do you typically share? It’s important to value and protect all types of data about you—including your address/location, phone number, purchase history, family, travel habits, and financial details.
2. How do you lock down access to your accounts? You should be using a unique and complex password for every online account you have. Consider using a password manager tool to generate and remember these passwords. When available, use 2-step or 2-factor authentication to add an extra layer of protection.
3. How many secure web browsing practices do you follow? Though many people do remember to clear their browser history and cookies from time to time, how often do you actually do it? Do you use ad-blocking extensions? These are important tools you can use to prevent third parties from following your journey on the web and learning more about you.
4. How many mobile apps have you downloaded? Every app or browser extension you download represents a potential security risk and threat to your privacy. Too many mobile apps default to tracking your location and collecting your data—even in apps designed for children. Be sure to audit each app’s privacy permissions to ensure you’re only sharing what you need to.
5. Can you spot a phish? Fraudsters use email or text messages to impersonate a company you know and trick you into giving them valuable PII. Nearly 38% of people who aren’t cyber aware fail phishing tests. Learn all you can about common phishing tactics.
9 WAYS TO OUTSMART IDENTITY THIEVES
Anyone can be a victim of identity theft, but you can reduce your risk by taking some simple steps to protect your personal information.
identity theft can happen to anyone, BUT there are some things you can do to reduce your risk
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Identity Theft FAQ
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