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How To Protecting Your Online Identity (Illustrated)

How To Protecting Your Online Identity (Illustrated)

Online identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most common types of ways you can get your identity stolen and here are the steps you need to follow protecting yourself from identity theft

In society today, identity theft has become more accessible because of the Internet. It is more difficult to differentiate between a secure website and a fraudulent website. Online identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most common types of ways you can get your identity stolen. It’s not difficult for a criminal to access your information.

The way they do it is through spyware. This can be through a download, an email attachment, or even pop up as a website. When the spyware gains access to your computer it records inputs, keywords and can access anything you do on your computer. One small click or lack of care on your part can cause you to compromise your identity. All of this sounds pretty frightening, but have no fear! With practice there are easy ways to protect you from theft on the Internet.

Here are some tips to begin with:

 Keep a close eye on your personal accounts

Keep close eye on your personal accounts

Keep a close eye on your personal accounts. Check bank statements, email accounts, anything that contains personal information.

If there’s an unfamiliar charge or something that looks suspicious, take care of it immediately.

Don’t open emails from unknown senders

Don’t open emails from unknown senders

If you don’t recognize the email address or subject line do NOT open the email. This is a perfect way for hackers to send spyware to access your accounts.

It’s a good idea to keep your email organized to prevent confusion and also delete suspected spam, without opening, immediately.

Download software only from trusted sites

Download software only from trusted sites

Don’t blindly search for a program and download it. Do research on websites if you’re unsure of them, usually you can find someone who has used it before.

When downloading, keep an eye on the file size. Many times, if a file is unusually big, it means there’s something else contained within the file.

Look for the website SSL certificate padlock

Look for the website SSL certificate padlock

When buying online, look for qualifications that say that the site is a secure site. Bank sites are most often secure; if you find that yours is not, change banks.

When purchasing items online look for the secure closed padlock sign in the lower right hand corner of your browser. This is a sure sign that the site is safe.

Don’t use same password for all websites

Don’t use same password for all websites

There are way too many people that use the same password for each online account and change it often. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make. For example, lets say that you sign up for a new account on a shopping website.

Unfortunately you get some spyware from that website. Now the hacker that has your login and can use the same info to log into your bank account. If it’s difficult to remember so many passwords, come up with a formula specific to you, to generate a password on each site or use Next generation password manager like Niraiya

Install trusted security software on computer

Install trusted security software on computer

It is a good idea to install an anti-virus and anti-spyware on your computer. This will help catch the websites that are not secure, as well as protect your computer and information if there is a virus.

It is also very helpful for a family computer, as kids are more likely to click on something suspicious.

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