Unfortunately, as more as internet technology becomes developed, more online identity thefts are occurring each day. Computer fraud and online identity theft indeed are an ongoing problem in today’s cyber world and society. Identity theft isn’t a minor issue, like when you social media password or email account gets revealed stolen. The problems that online users face today are immense. Most people aren’t even aware of the dangers they can be when they access untrusted websites and online destinations without proper protection.
Have you ever wondered is your computer operating system able to handle malicious malware and to recognize untrusted sites? Have you ever wondered is your online identity safe? In most cases, the answer is no, but you should really start thinking about this. In most cases, internet users are just not aware that their systems can be or already is vulnerable. Your computer system must be updated regularly to receive the latest security patches available. We have those updates going with the latest Windows 10 operating system, but still every time we access the internet, we tend to “leave the back door open” increasing our chances of identity theft.
However, there are some preventive measures that can be taken to keep your personal information safe. Read on to learn how to protect yourself online.
What is Identity Theft?
Computer identity theft happens when a thief lets himself into your computer system with the intention of finding and stealing your personal information. Personal information is usually obtained when your computer gets infected with spyware software and malicious malware. There are many different ways of committing this crime and corrupting the integrity of your personal information. Knowledgeable hackers can target specific computer systems and use your identity to commit another crime, like stealing money from a business and similar. It is very important to keep your personal data safe to prevent it from being breached and abused.
Security breaches are incidents that occur when computer networks of (usually) financial institutions become compromised by hackers. If equipment like laptops and USB drives are transported to another place or get stolen from a company, this is also considered a security breach. These security breaches are very dangerous because they expose personal data of millions of innocent subscribers and members, drastically increasing the likelihood of identity fraud. This is different than computer identity fraud because you have no control over what happens to your information stored on another network. That is why is important to think about what information you share about yourself on social media.
Protection against Online Identity Theft
Make sure your computer is properly protected from spyware and malware. Use online identity protection tools like spyware and firewall software. Spyware is typically hosted on web servers and triggered by free programs that users download, so be careful what you download. When it comes to social media, don’t leave your real number and address to them. Don’t leave you bank and credit card information, government ID card numbers etc. Always regularly check your credit and bank statements and online accounts.
If you think you may have been a victim of identity theft – Vernon Litigation group will come to your aid and legally protect you. Visit their website and schedule a free consultation today!