Identity Theft and How to Protect Yourself From It

by | Aug 15, 2022 | All, Featured | 0 comments

Modern day developments have opened up new possibilities for crime and security risks too. Due to the increasing number of Internet users, especially with the rapid proliferation of social media, cybersecurity is under huge threat. Which is why we all need to be more cautious with our personal information and identities.

Here’s how you can best protect yourself from cyberthreats and identity theft:

Use strong passwords for all your online accounts.

The advantage of modern-day banking is that we’re used to doing everything online through apps. However, this opens you up to the threat of having your username and passwords stolen, especially if you constantly use a public network or access the Internet through Wi-Fi at cafes, restaurants, and public places. Don’t just use the year or your birthdate as password for accounts. Use different characters and typeface and make your password at least 8-16 characters long.

Transactions only with encrypted websites.

For financial transactions that you have to do online, find out if the website is encrypted or not. Trusted security symbols should be there, like an “s” at the end of the http in the URL or web browser’s address bar. There will also be a lock symbol that will appear on the left side of the address bar to show that the website is encrypted. Encrypted means that no one else will see the information from the website as they are sending it to you.

Pay for computer and phone forensics.

Computer forensics allows you to search for old text messages, emails, photos, and other files that could potentially expose you to identity theft. Be sure to hire our computer phone forensics experts to enhance your ability to locate vital information and extract the information that will ensure your safety from identity scammers.

Watch out for phishing scams.

These kinds of scams use a variety of methods to obtain personal information from you. You have to be able to recognize these scams, but how? One of the common signs of a phishing scam is requiring the email recipient to open attachments or to click on links. Beware of these unfamiliar senders especially those who are offering money, jobs, scholarships, or asks you for charity donations.

Be careful who you date.

You’ve probably heard of many dating stories gone wrong. It’s always prudent to watch out for your own safety and security when dating, or starting to date, someone new. It’s not wrong to want to be in a new relationship if you feel that’s what makes you happy. Just make sure your blind date or tinder date isn’t involved in illegal activities by having a personal background check done on them. This is also the ideal step before you invite your date to your home.

Adopting modern technology and being social media savvy is a huge advantage, but you must maintain your privacy and personal identity by being cautious in your online and even offline transactions. Global Intelligence Consultants, Inc. is your go-to for cyber forensics, private investigation, and personal or business security. What else can we do for you? Let’s talk!