Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Guide to Preventing Online Identity Theft

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Author: Mary Albert

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Throughout the years, online identity theft has experienced an escalating growth with regard to the number of its victims, which makes it one of the most disturbing crimes in the United States to date.  Online identity theft, also known as iJacking, refers to the deed of stealing a person?s credit and personal information in order to pay for one?s merchandises.  In a general sense, a thief utilizes his victim?s credit information and accounts until he gets it emptied.

In order to avoid deception, it is substantial that you are always aware and careful each time you use and disseminate your personal information.  Every time you browse online, watch out for phishing websites, predominantly for the reason that thieves use this type of tool in stealing your identity.  A spoofed website may present itself as an official website; however, its actual purpose is to gain as much information as it can from its victims, and use this information for illegal reasons.  Even though a website seems to present real information, always take into consideration that anyone can put as much data as he can just to make the site a trusted one.

If you want to avoid the fraud of phishing websites, it is essential that you take as much caution as you can while you are browsing the Internet.  If it is not entirely necessary, do not share any of your personal information, such as your address, birthday, bank or credit information, landline and mobile number, pin numbers, driver?s license, passwords, and social security number, amongst many others.

Furthermore, it is advisable that you delete your browser?s cache and cookies each time you finish using the Internet.  Unbeknownst to many, the cache and cookies keep a record of all the information that you have read and accessed throughout your online session.  This consists of images, coded data, web pages, and so on.  Deleting the cache and cookies will also give you the assurance that your system is free from any malware or virus that could affect your system.

You also need to keep your passwords and personal information safe and secure, predominantly when it comes to social networking websites.  Bear in mind that these are the most desired type of data that online identity thieves strive to hack, which is why you should not give them any reason to consider you as an easy target.  Always think before you share any type of information about you, and evaluate the possible consequences of each action that you will make.  This way, you have the guarantee that your chances of experiencing online identity theft get lesser and lesser.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post. Hacking has been increasingly taking over the internet! Unless people are aware of how to secure their information online they will easily fall prey to hackers, virus and malware. Although there is no 100% guarantee you will be safe, but you can greatly reduce your risk of online theft by taking simple measures.



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