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Protection against Identity Theft Essential for Your Security

By Joy Mali Subscribe to RSS | January 17th 2012 | Views:

Advancements in technology may have paved the way for ease and convenience for almost everything that we do; but with it comes escalating security risks online.

Few people realize the gravity of online identity theft; but a stolen identity can send a domino effect that’s enough to ruin your reputation and credit standing that will prevent you from something as simple as applying for a credit card, making purchases on line and even filing for a mortgage. And in this day in age, when those with the intent to steal other’s identities are no longer limited to rummaging through trash bins to steal information, your online information is actually free game and, more often than not, easily accessible.

Here’s a basic rundown of how to make sure that you don’t have to deal with it:

Use an effective anti-virus protection software for security on your PC and ensure that it’s a reliable, trusted program. Install spyware detection and a firewall system for all your security applications and operating systems and make sure that you update them as frequently as possible.

Avoid clicking on unsolicited links or attachments you find online. Steer clear of e-mails with dodgy attachments, particularly those online forms, which request for personal information or verification of passwords. If possible, use encrypted connections when transacting using sensitive data like credit card details.

Remember to log off websites that require sensitive, private data—especially online banking sites. Choose a password that is hard to guess and save information. Never copy, install or run any software from unknown or illicit looking sites and be sure to back-up important files and folders on your PC or hard drive.

Avoid disclosing e-mail attachments from or links from unknown senders or other illicit sources you don’t trust at all. Install the best possible spyware with dual inbound and outbound traffic control features to complement your antivirus system.

These easy steps can easily prevent people from using your information and thus safeguard you from any possible threat. After all, in matters of online identity theft, where a single mistake will lead to years of damage to your name, credit history and even false criminal records, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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