Ways To Protect Online Identity
With the rising gadgets that can connect you and everyone in your family in the internet, it is necessary to think extra careful on how you share your personal information. Did you know that identity theft online has been one of the growing crimes here in the US? Some of these problems even occurred that the hacker is from outside the US.
There are ways to protect your online identity at home. As a parent, remind your kids when they check their emails and any messages from the internet that they should not open or entertain emails that asks their name, date of birth, bank account, address and phone number. These fraud emails can be in a form of prizes won from sweepstakes that they themselves didn’t enter, or from somebody’s email that they don’t know who it is. When entering public sites like Facebook, Twitter and etc, remind them to always log out after using it. It’s also not a good habit to let the computer remember your username and password. It is a vulnerable way of leaving personal information open to internet thefts. When connecting your office network from your home computer, be sure to use your work’s personal VPN to ensure that all data from your personal info at work will be encrypted and won’t be recognized by anybody like hackers who might get through your home’s network. In case if you have a secure vpn connection at home so you can access your home files while on vacation, in a hotel or away from home, make sure that you are the only one who knows the data security information of your private network as connecting to hotel’s wifi and any public internet connection is susceptible to internet theft.
I once experienced that my bank account got hacked. I was using one of those free internet messengers and it suddenly took out $120 from my bank account. I contacted the internet messenger’s costumer service but no luck. The second thing I did is to contact my bank and told them that this internet messenger took out money without my permission and that I didn’t subscribe anything in a form of payment in their service. What my bank did is that they filed a petition to get my money back from this internet messenger and luckily after a few weeks, I got my money back. It was a scary experience! I will be careful in using my bank account.
Hope you guys learned something good that protects your personal information today!