Online, there are plenty of simple things you can do to stop identity thieves in their tracks. Most of these are simple, common-sense steps.
When you select your passwords for websites that could give up your information, such as your bank, your school, or your email, choose something that nobody could guess. Pets’ names are notorious obvious, and far too easy for a potential thief to figure out. Choose something obscure, and don’t use the same password for every account.
Change you password frequently on highly sensitive accounts, such as your online bank account.
When you go online, your information is saved at almost every website you visit. This is why it’s a smart investment to use protective software. These software programs, such as Privacy Sentinel, prevent websites from saving and storing your information.
If you can, avoid typing in sensitive information while using computers at schools, libraries and coffee shops. It’s very easy for an identity thief to put keystroke-tracking software on these computers without anybody noticing. Once the person puts in their information, the thief has it on record, and can use it for themselves.
Consider creating a free email account that you use specifically for sensitive information. This way, if somebody happens to see you accessing your regular email in public, they won’t be able to find your financial information.
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In my next post, I’ll share some tips for staying safe from identity theft while offline.