When was the last time you Googled yourself? You may find that Google knows more about you than you know about yourself!
A recent study from Javelin Strategy and Research showed that more than 12 million people in the United States were victims of identity fraud.
Online security is an issue in today’s digital world. Despite privacy acts, you can never be too cautious. While you should always assume that everything you put on the internet is public, there are steps you can take to decrease the chances of being personally hacked.
Many online social sites like Facebook and LinkedIn ask for your birthday. It is ok to enter the month and date, but we suggest leaving out or hiding the year you were born. It is not because your “old,” but hackers have a far greater chance of successfully stealing your identity if they know your age.
Avoid clicking on suspicious links while you peruse social media sites, especially Twitter. Seventy percent of identity theft attacks stem from links that ask you to visit a scam website via a private message. Restrain and don’t click! No one is spreading nasty rumors about you, at least not on Twitter!
As social media experts, we see many profiles that have left their information, posts and photos public. By doing this, you are helping thieves easily access your personal information. Statistics show that 30 percent of Facebook profiles are not set to private and 14 percent do not know their Facebook privacy settings. With that said, inform yourself of your social site’s online privacy settings. It’s not fool proof, but it’s a good start to protect yourself from being hacked.
Create strong passwords. This seems silly, but many people use their pets’ and/or a child’s name. If the password requires a number, many people use the number “1.” Don’t do this! Create a strong password with a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters. Two out of five people use similar passwords for various accounts. Protect your social and financial accounts by being password savvy.