Tips to decrease the chance of identity theft
. . . many companies who have been hacked fail to inform their customers about what has — or might have — happened to such private information, and there is no law that forces them to do so.
In other words, despite all your precautions, a careless move on the part of any company that holds your personal information compromises your security.
However, there is a lot you can do. In an excellent article by
Terry Cutler, Keeping Your Identity on a Short Leash, you will learn about:
- what identity documents you really need to have with you
- how to safely dispose of old documents
- using ATMs wisely
- VOIP fraud
- safer online shopping
- credit records
. . .and more
- Identity management is crucial in a world full of indentity security and theft risks. From credit card fraud to finding out what information about you is out there, the following are simple tips designed to keep you as protected as possible.
- Keep sensitive cards and identification at home.
- Shred your sensitive documents.
- Intentionally type in your pin wrong at the ATM. Keyloggers and such will then possibly receive the wrong pin.
- Caller ID spoofing means you never know who is calling you and offering a great deal. Be cautious with such calls
- Avoid email phishing scams by typing out the potentially spoofed url by hand rather than clicking on the link in the email.
- Keep a low limit on your credit card.
- Keep tabs on exactly what personal info on you is out there by ordering your credit report from Equifax or Trans Union Canada.
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.