Allowing fraudsters access to information about you could result in hacked emails or worse; empty bank account balances and maxed-out credit cards. Identity theft is unfortunately becoming an increasingly common part of everyday life – here’s 5 tips from Jumio on how you can avoid being a fraudster’s victim.
1. Don’t Ignore Your Bank Account & Your Credit Scores
Checking your online bank statement is the fastest way to determine if someone has stolen your bank credentials and begun to make purchases. You should review your bank account regularly, especially after buying something online or from a business that you know was recently hacked. Also, check your credit scores to ensure someone else isn’t opening credit lines in your name.
2. Don’t Use One Password
Your passwords keep your data safe and secure. Make them complicated, change them periodically, and use different ones for every site you access.
3. Check Website Credentials
Phishing is everywhere. Make sure that you check that a site is authentic before transacting in order to avoid falling prey to a phishing scheme that will steal your password.
4. Don’t Tell Everyone on Social Media Where You Are
Remember that Facebook is readily available to anyone with a computer. So don’t say whether you’re on vacation where you’re less likely to check your bank accounts.
5. Don’t Give Out Your Bank Details
Reputable companies and websites will never ask for your bank PIN code or password. Never share them online.