Identity Protection

Identity protection refers to nothing but the protective measures one establishes or subscribes to in order to protect his/her own identity. Now, you’re probably wondering why would a person need to protect his/her identity.

Well, it’s because people all over the globe face a growing and very real threat called identity theft. Identity theft is a crime that involves the theft of a person’s identity or personal information. There are several ways in which one’s identity can be stolen. For instance, a criminal could do it by simply taking your credit card or your Social Security Number.

Stolen identities help these criminals commit other crimes such as a fraud or theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, around 9 million Americans fall victim to identity theft every year.

So, the next big question in your head is probably “How do I protect my identity?”. Well, we’ve offered up a few solutions.

Keep your devices safe

Mobile devices are quite vulnerable and identity thieves often exploit this vulnerability. Plus, the fact that most people save all their private information on their phones or tablets makes such devices a hot target. So, you need to keep an eye on your devices.

If you’re accessing the Internet via your smartphone or laptop, make sure you have a reliable anti-virus and anti-spyware program installed. You will also need a firewall.

Other than that, make sure you use strong and complex passwords. Ideally, passwords should have a combination of numerals, letters (uppercase and lowercase), and characters such as “$” or “#”.

Lastly, never leave your devices lying around unmonitored. Always keep them close to you. The same applies to other tangible items such as credit cards, debit cards, your driver’s license and any other documentation that may contain private information.

Maintain an ID folder

The next thing you need to do is create a special folder for all your ID-related documents and data. This could include banking passwords or credit card statements. Put them all in a folder and make it a point to secure the folder with a robust password.

Also, make copies of the documents. In case, they still do get stolen, you will have copies that can be used temporarily and also as a reference to file a police complaint.

Don’t share private information

With e-commerce, social media and whatnot, most of us foolishly end up sharing way too much private information over the Internet. This needs to stop. Make sure you aren’t posting your information for the world to see.

Make sure you log out of all your online accounts such as email accounts or social media accounts, especially when accessing them on public systems.

Do not respond to emails that come from sources you aren’t aware of or find suspicious. In fact, it is better not to share any information via the web unless you are 100% sure that the recipient is trustworthy.