Criminals have become more tech savvy these days. Case in point is Max Vision, a native San Francisco resident who depleted almost $85 million from the credit cards he stole. This is what happens when you allow your identity to be vulnerable online. The Internet may be a jungle full of fun and knowledge, but it is still a jungle, and you must protect yourself from these savage beasts at all costs. There are three smart and simple ways you can do to keep your identity online from getting unwanted publicity.
Keep Your Accounts Private and Info Small
Be careful with social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. True, they are harmless websites, but if you post confidential details like your mobile number and your exact address it might lead to a foreseeable crisis. Do not get overwhelmed and do not let everyone in your circle of contacts. Avoid adding people you personally do not know. Also, take into a habit of shopping online on sites that are 100% secured. Expert fraudsters can target small online stores, and out of sheer luck might choose your account to hack. The more accounts you accumulate online, the more vulnerable you get.
Vary Your Passwords
Hackers can easily identify your password by simply looking at your fingers move on the keyboard. Yes, some are that smart. Do not ever use obvious patterns such as birthdates, names of your pets, and favorite colors as passwords. Online bank accounts should contain a different password from your MySpace account. Make your passwords challenging- a combination of letters, symbols and numbers. Instead of putting your passwords into writing, make an effort to memorize them. A difficult and tedious method, but better be safe than sorry. Also, never share your passwords, not even with your family, partner and closest friends.
Refrain from Lending Your Gadgets
Sharing of gadgets also gives an opportunity in sharing your personal information. There is a huge probability that you have saved your usernames and passwords. In effect, one can get access to your accounts without an ounce of difficulty. If someone tries to borrow your laptop or phones to access the Internet, politely refuse and explain that you have personal data stored in your gadgets that you do not want to risk getting exposed.
Credit cards are not the only thing you should protect from these cyber criminals. Your personal information such as address, telephone number, your workplace, and your children’s names can be used in their criminal activities and before you know it, your name becomes a household cyber fraudster. To avoid being a victim of a cyber crime, be wary of your actions on and off the Internet.