Ways Of How Your Personal Data Can Be Stolen From You & How To Avoid That?

By: Aiza Gill

How To Protect Yourself From Online Identity Theft

Identity theft is an act in which someone uses someone else’s data (eg name, surname, address, etc.), and in addition to violating privacy (eg opening a fake Facebook profile, false representation) is also a criminal offense. Fake profiles are created by people for a variety of reasons, and while some are harmless (for example, a simple joke among friends), others pose an extremely high risk because their goal, for example, is to destroy someone’s reputation. Identity theft and creating fake profiles is one form of electronic violence. You can report any fake profile you come across to the social network where you found it. Preventive action is the smartest move to protect ourselves. The first thing we need to pay attention to is what information we publish online. Think about what all can be found about you by searching various sites and social networks. Anyone who wants to steal your identity may use your profiles on three social networks through which they will get a broader picture of you which will raise the credibility of his fake profile. Protect your passwords, make them stronger, and change them regularly. Combine letters, numbers, and signs that only make sense to you. Be careful not to stay logged in to different sites on your computer or mobile phone that are not yours. Switch social media profile settings to private to ensure that only your friends can see information about where you were born, how old you are, and what school you graduated from. An additional step may be to regularly clean up your friend’s list, and not accept friend requests from people you don’t know.

They ask you don’t say. The importance of passwords

Just because they ask you doesn’t mean you have to answer. If you’re just creating an email profile, there’s no need for a comprehensive profile, and if you’re joining a social network, you can limit the amount of personal information you provide to a minimum. When you don’t need an answer, you can always just come up with an email address.

Many websites require users to register with their email address to view the content. When registering, you may also subscribe to advertising messages. This can be avoided by removing the check mark in front of the sentence that offers the option to subscribe to the registration form, and it is possible to cancel the newsletter or advertisements by clicking the unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email or blocking it with spam filtering and blocking tools in your account settings email.

Don’t use the same password everywhere and don’t use a username from one page as a password on another because hackers can compare data. Use numbers and letters, some printed, in combinations that have no meaning or are not real words.

It is important to keep your email address and social media profiles safe from burglary. If someone breaks into someone’s email, they can send a message to all their contacts asking for financial help. The person whose mail was hacked will not know what is going on, which can do considerable damage to her reputation.

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Attempts to steal a password to log in to an e-mail or social network account (phishing) are becoming increasingly difficult to detect: e-mail received by a user looks like a “real” e-mail coming from, for example, a social network service provider. Examples of scams include an online form that warns you that your social network account will be deleted if you do not urgently type personal information (passwords) into the online form; a fake fashion agency asking users to send them photos in which they are scantily clad or without clothes; an email that looks like it arrived from one of your friends or acquaintances, and asks you to send money to a certain number of accounts because your friend who was in trouble abroad (was robbed, etc.); a pop-up window that notifies you that your computer is infected with a virus and offers you the program you need to install to clean your computer of viruses – and it’s malicious software that can’t be installed on your computer without your help.

The Importance Of Using A Password Manager To Protect Against The Possibility Of Data Theft

Online security can be stress-free by using a password manager in your corner. A password manager is an application that can generate, store, download, and manage passwords and other user credentials. It may be your best friend when it comes to keeping your privacy safe while you browse the Web and access your favorite online services. Password managers, like Keeper Password Manager, allow you to collect and save all your passwords and login information for different accounts in one easy-to-access application that can log you into any service you have subscribed to with just a few clicks or taps. It improves your security with a range of features. Ease of access to your passwords usually leads to the end of the two most common security problems associated with online services: using the same password for multiple locations and using an easy-to-remember one, and thus simply guessing login credentials. It is important to use different passwords for each site/service, completely different passwords for each site/service leave much less vulnerable.

Possibility Of Data Theft

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 Secure and easy to use interface: It is essential to know that the password manager user interface should be easy to understand and easy to use. It is less well known that the interface itself must be secure. A good password manager will use secure resources to protect against decrypted login credentials from being replaced or falling on disk space during routine use. Searchable: It may seem obvious, but a good password manager needs a strong search capability, so you can find credentials that you store securely. The ability to not only search based on service names and forms but also tags and categories will help the password manager to be a better application.

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