Don’t Let Online Criminals Turn Your World Upside
by TedL
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It can happen in the blink of an eye.

You let something personal slip to the wrong person or you do not safeguard your identity. Before you know it, someone has your personal information. That is info to lead them to your bank account or other items that you depend on for financial survival.

To lessen chances of identity theft, have as much protection as possible.

So, what does all that protection involve?

Stay One Step Ahead of Thieves

For you to stay one step ahead of thieves, remember the following pointers:

1. Don’t Let Your Guard Down – Of most importance, do your best not to let your guard down. In trying to do this, make sure you don’t fall for any number of tricks that thieves will try and pull on you. This is even more important when you have a family. One of the more common ones is to use the Internet to get personal details out of you or a family member. To protect your family from identity theft, do your best to keep your computer’s security system up to date. In running an anti-virus program, don’t let it expire and then hope all will be okay until you get around to updating it. Also be cognizant of questionable emails that come your way. This is especially true when they have attachments. If something seems amiss in your online activities, take the safe road and steer clear of it.

2. Don’t Be Too Social – If you’re like millions of other computer users, you have one or more social media accounts. While it is fine to be social online, don’t go overboard. Never state or share with others your personal financial information. This means bank account info, Social Security number, and any retirement accounts. That kind of information should always stay in-house and never get out to the public eyes and ears. Last, careful with group chats when using social media. You could be talking to a close friend, yet others are following the conversation. What you do not know is that one or more of those people following the discussion could be criminals. Whenever you have finances to discuss with friends, do it in-person or on the phone. If you can’t resist the urge to discuss it on social media, do it in an instant message. This means only you and the trusted person you are talking to see the conversation.

3. Beyond the Web – Even though millions are on the web, criminals are working other angles.

As such, this means making sure you don’t do any of the following:

• Throw out personal mail tied to your finances etc. that doesn’t get shredded.

• Leave credit cards or bank statements etc. sitting around for the entire world to see.

• Fill out info for something and expose your Social Security or bank account numbers. Always make sure whatever you are signing up for is legit.

• Giving out personal financial info over the phone. In many instances, senior citizens are most likely to have an identity theft target on their back.

In doing your best to stay one step ahead of identity theft thieves, you will more times than not come out the winner.


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Sheran commented on Friday, Dec 22, 2017 at 20:17 PM

Great advice. I never give out my correct birthdate on Facebook or other websites.


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