Shield Your Identity Against These Sneaky Tricks

Shield Your Identity Against These Sneaky Tricks

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Identity theft is on the rise, and it’s up to you to safeguard your personal information against clever hackers and tech-savvy thieves. Here’s how today’s fraudsters are trying to trick you–and how to fight back.

Be a Smart Shopper

Online shopping has become the norm, and identity thieves have adapted to target this new market. They use a technique called e-skimming to grab your credit card credentials from unsecured sites.

The biggest red flag should be a deal that’s just too tempting. Aside from the fact that many Chinese companies are churning out cheap knockoffs using stolen photos from legitimate retailers, you might end up accidentally giving away your credit card info to a scam site. Be extremely skeptical of ads for products that are priced way too low.

While you are generally safe buying from familiar names like Amazon, beware of any retail site that does not have an “HTTPS” in front of the URL. That “S” stands for “Secure.”

Trash Old Accounts

Got an email address that you haven’t used since 2005? Don’t just let it linger–sign in and completely delete that account. Same goes for any social media platforms that you no longer update.

While you might have moved on, hackers can dig through your digital trash heap to find unsecured accounts. From there, they may be able to find out your personal information or even pose as you online.

If you can’t remember those old passwords, use an app like AcountKiller to clean up your old accounts.

Be Mindful of Social Media

Social media is great… until it isn’t. We share so much of our personal information online that it’s almost too easy for identity thieves to target us. However, the biggest danger of social media isn’t necessarily sharing too much information in your posts.

Third-party apps often ask for access to various aspects of your social media, such as being able to post for you or pull photos from your image galleries. Many of them are perfectly legit–but not all of them.

Be absolutely sure of what you’re agreeing to share before you click okay. The privacy information provided by the app might not be a thrilling read, but it’s better to be safe (and slightly bored) than sorry.