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How to lose your identity in one day (if you are not careful)



A recent survey showed that 92% of American adults have taken at least one major data security risk in the past year. [1] Why are so many adults careless when it comes to protecting their privacy and data when identity theft increases? It's far too easy to leave your guard down and leave your personal information open to hijacking and theft. over the phone, identity thieves can capture personal information and use it to create new accounts in your name or take over existing accounts.

Common activities that can put your data at risk

When our lives move fast, we sometimes risk data security in exchange for convenience or immediate satisfaction. Seemingly small decisions, however, lead to deep and lasting consequences if you lose your identity. Here are some common scenarios that pose a great risk to your security:

  • You receive an offer in the mail that you do not want – so you just throw it in the trash without realizing that there is a lot of information about you inside.
  • You have fun on holiday, but remember that your electricity bill is overdue, so you log in to online banking with public WiFi in the nearest café.
  • An online store requires you to create an account and provide additional data before you buy – but the website is "http" or insecure. When you created the account, you used the same password as you always do – Fifi12345 after your beloved dog.
  • After receiving cash, you drove away and left the receipt hanging in the ATM.
  • Your friends all played a question game on Facebook, so you played too. Your answers revealed personal information that can help a hacker answer your questions about "forgot my password", such as your pet's name, your first car, etc.

These are common mistakes that people make every day. More than one in four Americans do not shred their mail and leave personal information intact for dumping scams. [2] A new Experian study revealed that 70 percent of consumers globally are "willing to share more personal information" with online organizations, especially if they believe it will provide greater security or convenience. [3] Two out of three adults admit that they have reused passwords. [4]

Act thoughtfully to protect your children

If identity thieves get your child's social security number, they can slowly create new accounts and collect bills without setting off many red flags. Talk to your child about safe behavior online and protect them from online bullying. Minors who are bullied online are more than nine times more likely to be deceived. [5] Experts believe this may be because they are more willing to share information online in search of acceptance.

When thinking about your daily habits, always be vigilant. Be careful who you share personal information with and do not trade data security for time savings or extra convenience.


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[1] "Vote: Americans leave their personal information open to thieves," Creditcards.com, February 2019

[2] "Vote: Americans leave their personal information open to thieves," Creditcards.com, February 2019

[3] 2019 Global Identity and Fraud Report, Experian

[4] "Google Survey Finds Two in Three Users Reuse Passwords," Info Security Magazine, February 2019

[5] 2018 Child Identity Fraud Study, Javelin Strategy & Research [19659021] Like this:

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