[W]hen you hear about identity theft, you may think about all of the public computers in use as well as the credit card machines in stores. While these are all areas that are vulnerable to hackers and those who want to steal your identity, one of the most dangerous areas is at home. Why? Because that is where you let your guard down.
Many people don’t even use passwords at home because they share the computer with other family members. They may not install anti-virus software on their computers, tablets or phones. Yet, they link all of these devices through apps that can connect in multiple locations.
Never use any electronic device without first making sure it is secured and protected. This includes the Wi-Fi service you use. Only use one that is password-protected.
Use Complex Passwords
Another area where many people fail is with passwords. They select one that is easy to remember, and use it for every site and account. If a hacker can get into one site, they have access to everything. Instead, use complicated passwords that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Change your password on a regular basis. You can still use words that are familiar and easy to remember. Just replace the letters with numbers and symbols so no one else can figure it out.
Monitor Your Accounts
Always make sure you review any accounts you have for suspicious activity. Check your settings to limit what can be done. This includes your bank accounts and credit card accounts as well as online shopping accounts and even your email. You might be surprised at how much personal information passes through your emails.
Never let your guard down no matter where you go online. Always be suspicious of anything that doesn’t seem right. Take extra precautions to ensure your identity stays safe.
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