How to Protect Your Identity from Digital Theft

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In today’s digital age, there are lots of ways that we can access information from any part of the world. With the help of the Internet, we are able to communicate with anyone from anywhere. But apart from the bright side that the digital age provides, there is a downside to it too.

Identity theft is a real threat, and private investigators are being hired to combat it. Here is a short list of online security rules written by e-Investigations International, a private investigation agency in Atlanta GA. If you happen to live in New York, you can also reach out to ICS in New York for help if you suspect someone else has been using your identity.

Your private information is being shared from different parts of the world through internet and network services which can be accessed at any time. With that in mind, there is always an unidentified personality sitting behind the desk that is willing to look for and acquire your information. This simply makes your information unsecured and you will soon fall victim to identity theft.

The most crucial information that these thefts can acquire from you is your personal data, secrets, and above all, your financial accounts. This simply makes sharing of information through the network an unsafe place and you will surely need to do your part to avoid falling victim to it.

It’s a good thing that there are now some security protocols being shared to internet or network users to ensure that they keep their private information safe and away from theft. This is some sort of an obligation that users must perform so that they will be the only ones who will know about the information that they just stored.

Here are some steps on how you can protect your identity.

Create Strong Passwords
The best way to prevent online thefts from acquiring your password is to make it as complex as possible. You can do this my mixing up random letters (lower case and upper case) and numbers. Another thing you should always keep in mind is that your password should only be limited to you and yourself only. Avoid sharing it to other people no matter how closely related you are, unless it’s a matter of life and death.

Protect your wallet
One of the most valuable private information that you will be keeping on the network is your online financial data. Make sure to just entrust it with trustworthy service providers and if possible, always keep an eye on it. There are also newer wallets on the market that feature protection from RFID card skimming. Be suspicious of people who appear to be too close to you as they could be trying to use a RFID card copier.

Avoid sharing your information with 3rd parties
This is how online thefts happen the most. They might offer you with something enticing and may require your personal information in order for them to process everything else. So always be on high alert with these websites and avoid sharing private information at all costs.

More reading
To learn more about this subject, I recommend you read CNBC’s article: Ten low-tech ways to protect your privacy online. If you have been victimised you should contact your local law enforcement agency and consider reaching out to a private investigator as well.

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Last Update: August 30th, 2016

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