10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

This is a continuation of my previous post - How To Spot A Phishing Scam. As promised, let me now share with you 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft.

1. Don't keep your passwords, log-in details and PINs written down, or if you must, keep them well away from your cards and in a very secure place such as a safe.

2. Don't let your credit cards out of sight when paying for something.

3. Once you have checked them, destroy any documents to be disposed of preferably by shredding. Don't let personal or account details get out.

4. Never reveal PINs, log-in details or passwords in response to unsolicited emails, no matter where they claim to be from.

5. Only give out your card details in a call that you have made to a number you trust. If called, don't ask for a telephone number, ask for a name then call back using the number on your card or statement.

6. Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed, and that you know how to use them.

7. If you have to enter your PIN in a shop or a cash machine, always shield the number from prying eyes or hidden cameras.

8. If you have an internet-only shopping card, keep the password secure and separate.

9. Only access internet banking or shopping sites by typing the address into your web browser yourself, not by clicking a link. NEVER go to websites from a link in an email that asks for personal details, even if it looks real.

10. Always use secure websites -- make sure the security icon (locked padlock or unbroken key symbol) is showing in your browser window.

Let's take heed of these precautions for our own safety...better be careful than sorry.

Credits: Living In The Gulf


Z'riz said...

This is a nice tip sis, thanks! A lot of people are getting scammed these days! Who know what else they will come up with?

I believe it's better to take chances and protect yourself.

Felix Noir said...

Very useful. Keep up the good work; you have a pretty interesting blog going on here. My blog is http://fateiscallingyou.blogspot.com if by any chance you are interested in link exchanges.

Mariz said...

@ z'riz: yes, scammers are getting more and more creative in getting people to fall into their bait, we really must be extra careful. tnx for the comment!

@ felix noir: thanks a lot, i appreciate the kind words, will drop by your blog asap, yes let's x-links.

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