Having our website or blog hacked by some lowlife scum would have to be one of our greatest fears. There are many ways that they could do this including placing malicious code on the blog, linking to sites of disrepute or horror of horrors corrupting the database causing us to lose everything. All that hard work gone to waste! There is something that is so much worse though and unfortunately the Internet has increased this problem astronomically. Of course I am talking about identity theft and this problem is so huge that an industry has grown around identity theft protection. While I’ve talked so much about this on one of my other blogs those posts can only serve as a warning to others. Unfortunately warnings may not be enough and perhaps for some people it would probably be best to be more proactive by taking advantage of sites such as IdentityHawk. Almost anyone is at risk of identity theft especially those who spend a lot of time on the internet. Unfortunately for the average person you have no way of knowing if you have been compromised until its too late. According to the guys at IdentityHawk they offer service that differs from others in that where others inform you after you’ve been targeted they can prevent it from ever happening. There are certain things that you can do to prevent identity theft and these include.
- Do not throw anything in the bin that has personal information, especially things like bank statements and bills etc. Paper shredders are quite cheap these days and having one would be a great investment.
- Do not give any personal information over the phone. There are many scam artists out there pretending to be someone they’re not just to trick you into telling them your details.
- Make sure when using ATM machines that no-one is looking over your shoulders.
- Do not sell or give away your old computer before wiping everything on it.
- Do not fall prey to emails that tell you some account or other has been compromised and that you have to log on via the link in the email to confirm your details. These emails are known as phishing emails and their purpose is to solicit your personal information from you.
There are a lot of things that you can and should do to protect your identity, both online and offline and I would love it if you would share with us some of the steps you have taken to protect your identity!