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Ways to Protect your Identity Online

By Joy Mali Subscribe to RSS | February 29th 2012 | Views:
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Identity theft refers to a type of fraud in which an individual pretends to be someone else that will illegally allow him to make use of things he or she is not entitled to. In almost all cases, crimes connected with identity theft are all financial issues. Moreover, in some cases, the perpetrator intentionally destroys the image of the victim to create unnecessary trouble. Identity theft can be categorized depending on the motive of the perpetrator.

Business identity theft is where the perpetrator pretends to be someone else, in order for him to be able to seek credit, whereas, criminal identity theft is involve when the perpetrator is there for criminal motives. Keep in mind that having a stolen identity is a major crisis, thus, it is vital to be kept informed about simple methods that could help prevent identity theft. Doing these methods can be of great help, so here are few easy steps to can help you prevent identity theft:

1. Avoid disclosing your personal information such as social security number or even date of birth online.

2. While making business transactions online ensure that the website is authorized and trustworthy enough to carry out things properly.

3. Avoid visiting suspicious links or e-mails that promise a hefty amount of prize money.

4. Install a robust antivirus program which can take care of suspicious attacks and can keep Trojans and viruses at bay.

5. Make sure you use passwords that include numbers and alphabets, and never use your date of birth or your middle name in your password. Make sure you change your password every once in a while.

6. In order to ensure identity theft protection make sure your e-commerce business transactions are running with the protection of necessary software.

7. Avoid making all your personal information accessible to anyone.

8. Never write your ATM PIN or bank passwords on any random document just because you can’t remember it.

9. If you make a business transaction make sure that all your clients and employees are trust worthy and would not disclose any information made on your transaction.

10. Prepare a security policy for your business transactions and enforce immediately. Make sure that only the concerned employees have access to the various parts of the office.

Aside from these simple measures, make sure the people whom you share information with are completely honest and responsible. Do not forget to monitor your credit reports and other financial documents.

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