5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
The internet is a big place where we do many important things: shopping, running businesses, catching up with old friends, finding entertainment. And all while we do that, there runs a risk of identity theft. Identity theft is defined as "the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information. This includes using another person’s name, address, birth date, credit card numbers and pin numbers, bank account numbers, and social security numbers for personal or financial gain. But there are ways to help prevent this. A VPN is a private network of computers that can perform on a public platform. A VPN allows a user to share and receive information using a public setting. VPN networks enable remote users to access information generally viewed from a corporate application.
VPN have point-to-point access. They can send and receive data safely and securely, using encrypted protocols when necessary.
The Reality of Online Hacking and How You Can Protect Yourself
Since the use of virtual private networks is on the rise, it has become increasingly more important to protect yourself against online theft and hacking. How?
1) Use a strong password. Your password needs to be at least ten digits long with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols. In other words, the works. Your password needs to be strong enough that no one can penetrate it, but also something you are going to remember. You should not use the same password for more than one place. It can seem like a lot of work, but you need to protect yourself.
2) Hackers can steal your information from the sites you visit. They visit places like ancestry and classmates just to steal your passcodes. Be sure the site is meaningful enough for you to stay engaged or stay away. You should also rethink the answers to the questions they ask you. You need to be smarter than they are.
3) There is something called "double verification." It is a highly recommended security feature to have on almost all of your accounts. Sometimes you need that additional security to give you peace of mind. The way it works is when you enter your information, and they send you a one-time passcode (that’s usually time sensitive) to make sure it is you. It is an extra step that sometimes can feel like a hassle, but it’s ultimately worth it for that bonus security.
4) Password recovery is when you are sent an email so you can set up another account. They use this primarily for those who have lost theirs, but it is good to use. It does not hurt to backup your stuff.
5) Use a password to protect your home wifi. A firewall should also protect your home wifi. Log out of your accounts when you are done using a public system. You never know who is watching you.
Technology can be a double-edged sword. As smart homes become more and more common, it can be easier for hackers to gain access to not only your personal information, but to every part of your life and home. Make sure you follow these suggestions to keep your home and family secure.
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