Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
Identity theft has quickly become one of the more common forms of larceny, and one of the easiest ways for a thief to steal your personal information. That’s why we’ve put together a small guide to help you keep your information protected at all times.
Verify A Website’s Security Measures
Before making online purchases and certainly before submitting personal or sensitive information online, you should always verify a website’s security measures. Without having to dig too deep into the various applications and systems that the website is utilizing, you’ll be able to verify if the website is secure directly from the URL bar.
Notice that a lock emblem appears before the NeoCertified URL, in this specific example. This lock emblem denotes that the website being accessed is utilizing some sort of security method that has been verified. You can also see that the letter “s” directly follows the initial “http” portion of the web address, which also signifies that the site is “secure”.
Not all websites will have both the lock emblem and the letter “s” (meaning secure) designation in the URL, but always check to make sure the website has at least one of the two secure identifications.
Be Cautious With Your PII
PII : Personally Identifiable Information … This is any piece of self-identifying information, such as your name, address, driver’s license number, and social security number.
Always be cautious when filling out forms online — regardless if the website is secure or not — because once your sensitive information has been submitted to a website, there’s no way to go about retrieving it. Do your due diligence; investigate and verify that a website is secure, trustworthy, and exactly who they say they are.
Just because you receive an email or visit a website advertisement link claiming to be a verified retailer or organization doesn’t always make it so. Cyber criminals will go about orchestrating a complex scheme to steal your personal information, whether it means constructing a replica website of a respectable organization or sending out a fraudulent email posing to be someone else.
Always be one hundred percent certain that you’re submitting your information to a secure and trusted organization.
Change Your Passwords Frequently
Intra-business identity theft cases are becoming a more common occurrence, as passwords and login information are often left floating around on desks and in unprotected areas. One might think that their cubicle-mate or that the front desk secretary are high-minded, upstanding citizens, but behind closed doors and after hours, we never really know what someone will or won’t do until the opportunity arises. Therefore, changing account passwords on a weekly basis has become the standard for many businesses.
This is important because not only does it keep your accounts more secure from outside, third-party harm, but it also forces you to continuously monitor the accounts that the passwords are required for.
Monitor Bank & Credit Card Accounts
Make sure you’re constantly and vigilantly monitoring all credit card and bank transactions, both incoming and outgoing. This means checking all accounts and their respective account transactions on a daily basis to ensure that no fraudulent activity takes place.
After a data breach has taken place, it’s often a few days later (but possibly weeks or months) before the organization publicly discloses that a breach had taken place. If you’re wondering, a few days is more than enough time for thieves to hack into your accounts and siphon your funds for all they’re worth.
If you were to notice fraudulent activity inside of your account, report the activity to your banking institution or credit card company immediately.
Use A Secure Email Solution
When sending personal or sensitive information across the internet make sure you’re using a secure email solution that encrypts the information you’re trying to protect. Standard email accounts and unprotected emails can easily be hacked, opened, and altered by third-parties without you knowing that an event has taken place.
Thieves will often manipulate the confidential emails that are being sent through an unprotected email provider. Once hacked, they can modify the recipient address, the information inside the message, and even bank & account routing numbers to satisfy their own malicious needs.
Why Secure Email?
In 2016, there are few secure resources that ensure that the information being sent or received will remain protected both in transit and at rest. A secure email solution not only protects the information in transit and at rest, but solutions like NeoCertified also allow users to perform full monitoring and audit functions on all secure messages. Users even have the ability to retract previously sent messages, if necessary.
Secure email encryption is also often utilized for a bevy of reasons outside of its primary use, protecting the information within an email. With compliance requirements now set at both state and federal levels, businesses across all markets and industries are forced to comply with regulations specific to their respective industry; a secure email solution allows a business to do just that.
Solutions like NeoCertified can also verify from a legal standpoint that the authenticity and integrity of a message have not been compromised and cannot be repudiated or challenged.
Cyber security has become a main topic, not only within the tech industry, but within the government as well. With the rise of fraudulent emails, phishing and malware scams, and data breaches, ensure that your information is protected with a commercial-grade secure email solution. Large-scale DDoS attacks, cyber data ransoms, and data breaches of customer and employee data take place each and every day; don’t hesitate or your business might just make the front page of the newspaper for all of the wrong reasons.