How to Secure Your Identity Online

Perhaps you feel that you are safe. Perhaps you never give out your passwords with friends and family and you keep your home computer protected by firewalls and antivirus programs. You may check out a new website’s security policy to find out how they protect your information. You could spend your every waking moment, trying to protect yourself from identity theft and it may still happen to you because we live in a world that is “Online” and there is nothing that is without loopholes. Protect yourself by knowing how to secure your identity online.

Your Identity Matters

Your identity is the most valuable thing that you possess and the sad, but true, thing about your life in today’s world, is that every day your identity is at risk. You may not realize how much at risk you are. Identity theft is constantly happening more and more often. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, beliefs, and occupation. You do not even have to have a large bank account or a lot of money to be a target for someone who is trying to steal the identity that is you and if your identity is taken, you may lose even more.

According to this quote by a famous entrepreneur, “You can’t hide what you can’t see.”

The internet is another way that it can happen to you because if you truly think about all that you share on your home computer, you will see that it knows as much as you do. It knows your bank account, your credit history, your age, name, address, and in some cases, even your social security number.

You can have everything password protected, but even that is not foolproof because we often use the same passwords for multiple accounts. Luckily, there are options available to help you live the easier life that the internet provides while also learning how to secure your identity online.

How Social Media Allows Bad Things

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Social media websites are always trying to keep up with security needs to protect those who use it. However, accepting 3rd party applications still opens people up to a cyber-attack. Once you accept it, that 3rd party will have access to your full name, birthdate, location, family/friends, and more.

Even the most conscientious person could end up saying, “yes” to something that they did not mean to and once it happens, a hacker can then put in a little effort and find out how to get into other accounts that you have, even your bank account and online storage albums.

The reason this happens is because a lot of security questions you “must” answer to get into an account from a different computer, is basic information that you may post on your social media websites. “Where did you first meet your spouse?” It is often your hometown area, which you would possibly list through naming your high school, college, or where you from type questions when filling out your account.

The downside to this, is that social media is designed to be a place where you share information about yourself with family and friends. Therefore, most people talk openly on their page. You may go into the security settings and block public feeds, but still, in the end, nothing is impossible to hack if the hacker knows where to find it.

 

 

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