Our world has become incredibly fast-paced within the last decade. We can now manage our bank accounts on our mobile devices, trade stock online, and with the flash/tap of our credit cards, we can make quick purchases at the store’s checkout counter. Let’s face it; we are a microwave society. We want everything at our disposal, quickly and (almost) instantly. While convenience allows us to keep our affairs in order, I feel we lose a certain level of security. We logon to multiple online accounts and hold a number of cards (memberships, loyalty cards, credit cards, etc.) With so much information being put out there, how do we keep that information and out identity secure? Here are a few tips:
Tips For Keeping Your Identity Secure
- Don’t Make Passwords Obvious: When creating online passwords, avoid using just one password combination for all of your accounts. Especially for those accounts associated to your banking and credit cards, it’s important that you think of a letter-and-number-combo that is rather difficult to guess. Do not use names of family members, pets, your hometown, birthdays, addresses, etc. If the website allows it, use capital letters and characters (like exclamation marks and commas) when creating your password.
- Be Wary Of The Websites You Log Onto: Sometimes, fake websites are created so that scammers can phish your information and obtain all of your valuable information (which becomes a recipe for success for identity theft). These websites will look extremely similar to the websites you normally log onto but once you type in your username and password, the scammer will have full-on access to your information. When logging onto your accounts online, double check the URL and make sure it’s from their official website and that everything check out and seems legitimate (high-quality images, familiar logos, etc.)
- Never Give Out Your SSN: Your social security number is highly-sensitive information. Bear in mind that a website should never require your SSN to login, retrieve your password, or to signup. That being said, you should also be wary of anyone requesting your SSN over the phone. Your social security number should remain as confidential as possible, so refrain from giving it out too frequently and share it with more reputable firms and organizations (like your bank) in-person.
- Get In The Habit Of Double Checking: When you’re out, get in the habit of double checking that you have all of your personal belongings. For example, I double check if my pockets and purse are always holding my three essentials: keys, wallet, and phone. I do this check every time I leave a store so that I’m constantly assured that my belonging are safe and still one me.
- Block Out Signals: As technology quickly develops in positive ways, unfortunately, scammers and thieves develop malicious products to keep up. Recently, there have been reports of phishers managing to obtain information just by mere signals emitted from phones, cards, GPS trackers, etc. Some machines out there are so strong that they can just be placed next to your purse and manage to grab information from its inner contents. That is why I use the line of anti-theft products from Silent Pocket, where fashion and function meet beautifully!
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What steps do you take to lower your identity theft?