Nowadays we are exposed to getting our identities stolen by scammers or hackers in the most simple and unsuspected ways. So here are a few tips you can use to prevent your identity getting stolen.
1) Do not click on links that seem odd or you didn’t expect to receive.
Many hackers use this way to trick the user to click on and easily allow to be targeted. It can be easy to identify these emails, for example, many hackers use brands to grab the users attention but there is always a grammar or spelling errors. There will always be a variance that will allow us to know that it’s a scam.
2) Always consider using different passwords for your social media accounts
Sometimes, we can be very forgetful with our passwords and that’s the reason why we use the same one on more than one account. Another mistake is that we use easy passwords such as birthdays, names, etc. Instead, we need to make these passwords more tricky to crack. For example, we can use the first letter of each word of a phrase, “I love Sunday morning breakfast” this would be ILSMB. But we can make that even better if per say we add the first and last letter of the account we’re using it for, for instance, Amazon, AILSMBN, to that we can change a few characters, A1lSmBN. At first glance, it seems unguessable, but for you it is meaningful.
3) Think twice before sharing information
We must understand that once we public something on the internet, we lose any control over that information. People, mistakenly post private information that makes them a target for internet scammers or hackers. If you don’t dare to go out in public screaming that information then don’t post it on social media either.
4) Lock your phone and devices
Keep your devices locked same wise as you would lock your front door. Unlocking your device 50+ times or more daily may seem like a big hassle, but it’s completely worth it. Newer devices are implementing more secure ways to access them, such as fingerprint scan or even face scan.
5) Only shop on secure online sites
Make sure the site you’re buying from is secure. We can check this if, in the search bar, the website address has “https” instead of “HTTP” which means it’s a secure website. Never insert your card details to websites that seem sketchy. Make sure that the website you’re buying from is authentic and secure, otherwise, you’re automatically giving away that information to hackers.