Everyone is aware of the wonders of the Internet and the convenience it provides. The cyber criminals use internet in order to hack or misuse personal information in order to execute a scam. Identity theft is a crime that is made easily possible by the Internet. Below given few measures on how you can protect yourself from internet theft.
Whenever you are using a public computer be cautious. Always clear history and never save passwords. Whenever you leave a site ensure you log out of all sites properly. There are certain sites which ask you to save username and password, never agree to it.
Always perform banking activities for home PC. Never conduct banking transactions on a public computer.
If it is possible for you then use a different PC for activities like music downloads, online surfing, games and so on. In case there is something fishy, then it would be easier to isolate.
For every account, use different passwords. Your password should be a combination of letters and numbers. Keep your password encrypted.
Keep a separate credit card which would be used for online purchases. Even if any fraud takes place, you need not freeze all your accounts excepting the one in question. Ensure that you use a credit card which offers Internet protection against illegal purchases. American express is one card that offers online protection so you are not obligated to pay for unauthorized transactions.
Be cautious while you are posting any personal details on public forums and social networking sites. Never leak too much information like birthday, address, and name as any internet user can see this. Is it required to list it down for the whole world to know? In some sites such details can be kept hidden or it can be visible only to certain section of people.
Never open mails from unknown people or addresses. Never click on pop up window or links to non familiar sites while you are banking online. It is always better to check it by calling customer service to verify any transaction.
Use an effective and updated antivirus. There are programs which can help in preventing identity theft. If you have an antivirus then see to it that it is updated.
If you are alert then it is hard to be a victim of these. Do not allow yourself to be a victim. Don’t let yourself become a victim. In case you are in the trap then call your banks right away and change the passwords.