Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Online Identity Theft
No one truly believes how real the threat of identity theft is until it happens to them. While it’s easy to feel safe online while chatting with friends, checking account balances, or shopping, the truth is that cyberspace is frequented by hackers willing to utilize any information you share. Since these cyber hackers are constantly looking for new ways to obtain your personal data, we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your identity safe online.
Choose Strong Passwords
Your first line of defense is to choose passwords that are strong. Each password should be between 8-15 characters and include upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Try not to include personal information like birthdays, names of family members, names of pets, or your address or phone number. These can all be figured out in a matter of moments.
Only Use a Password Once, and Change It Often
In the event of a data breach, like the ones that affected LinkedIn, Facebook and Tumblr, your personal information, including your password, can be compromised. If you used the same password on other accounts, then those accounts have been compromised as well. Using a unique password for each account and changing it often, about every 6 months, can help minimize your risk.
Do Not Post Confidential Information
Everything we post online, stays online – everything. “Online” means blog posts and comments, social media posts and comments, check-ins, reviews, and photos. Be careful--even with all the precautionary measures taken, there is still a small chance of having your information extracted without layered protection.
Watch Out for Phishing Campaign Scams
Never open an email if it looks suspicious. Phishing scams use multiple channels to gather our credentials, but email spam campaigns remain the most successful. These schemes will appear as we shop online, check emails, or log into social accounts. If it appears to be spam, do not click on it.
Show Caution While Shopping Online
Only shop on known, trusted websites. Also be sure to check always the address bar—a green lock icon should appear next to the address, and the address should start with “https” (not “http”). The extra “s” means that the website has an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate and is safe to use.
Secure Your Browser Settings
Always use the latest version of your browser, which will contain all available security patches. Also, when using the internet on a public computer, use a private browsing session so your browser history will not be stored locally for others to see.
Protect Your Computer with Multiple Security Products
Identity thieves have evolved, using sophisticated equipment to extract your information without your knowledge. Properly protect yourself with advanced antivirus detection services.
Keep Your Operating System Safe from Spyware
Spyware is a software capable of installing on your computer and launching pop-up windows, redirecting your browser to malicious sites, and monitoring your browsing sessions. To stay safe from spyware, use one of the popular anti-spyware products available.
Superior Online Security
We understand how upsetting and difficult it is to deal with being hacked. We are here to help you protect your personal information against unwanted activity such as the recording, redirecting, or lifting of your information without your consent or knowledge. Security is the key to privacy, and Qkey puts you back in control by granting you total security every time you access your accounts or shop online. For more information on how to keep your online identity safe, contact us today.