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Safeguard Yourself from Theft and Fraud

Posted May 7, 2013 by Noah Mocorro in Feature

The best time to familiarize yourself with online pitfalls is now. Remember that usually people fall for Internet frauds not because the bad guys are smarter, but because the one’s tricked are ignorant or plain reckless. Whether you are either or both, here are some tips that can help acquaint you with identity theft protection.

 Have Strong and Updated Passwords

The easy-to-guess ones are often derived from common information you provide about yourself on websites. Among others, this usually includes your birthdate, pet’s name, mom’s maiden name, school, occupation, etc. Of course, if you are scared about using unfamiliar passwords that you might only end up forgetting, then try to take advantage of capital letters and non-alphabetical characters.

Be Aware of the Information You Share

With all the numerous social networks today, you bet there must be people maintaining at least one account in such sites as Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. You can just imagine the huge amount of data one is sharing on their profile—which could include their address, phone numbers, place of birth—and anyone can use this to crack that magic word you think is such a secret.

Maintain the Security of Financial and Personal Documents

One of the main reasons why you should be concerned about your habits on the Web is your finances. Stated bluntly, being aware of identity theft protection can keep you from being robbed of your hard-earned money. The practice of storing important data on the computer (whether at home or at work) is quite common. Unfortunately, not too many people go the extra mile of securing their wireless network, keeping browsers up-to-date, and even installing a firewall, which are very helpful in early identity fraud detection. In the case of hard copies, the key is just as simple as shredding documents after use or keeping them in a secure location.

Secure Your Mobile Device

Indeed, man’s creativity has brought us the blessings of powerful phone applications that make life much easier. However, there are also pitfalls that could leave you penniless or with a “clone” in the end. So if you are someone who does banking, taxes, and/or finances on your mobile device, make sure the apps you are using or about to download are from reputable companies. Also, take the time to check the ratings and read the comments from other users. In the end, identity fraud detection is all about being proactive.

 Listen to Your Instincts

They call it Internet scepticism. Although this can be a lot of fuss when you are busy and simply clicking here and there, a time will come when this will do you well. For instance, instead of replying to an e-mail that is asking for your credit card details to complete a payment, why don’t you just call up the business to verify it yourself? If something does not feel right about offers and promotions, then perhaps they are really too good to be true.

So, keep doing these practices, and in time, they will become well-established habits that would not necessarily interrupt your daily activities online

About the Author

Noah Mocorro
Noah Mocorro

Noah Mocorro runs his own small online business and has been writing articles about identity theft protection ever since one of his email accounts was hacked.