What puts you at risk?
Identity thieves can gain access to your data in a variety of ways. It only takes one of these to provide them with the information they need to compromise your identity.
When you pay at a cafe on a tablet, buy veggies through Square at a farmers market, or swipe your card at any register, your credit card data and personal information is at risk.
Phishing scams convince email recipients to click to a website and log into a fake account which captures any information they submit, like an email and password.
If you use the internet through an insecure wifi network at home or in public, this opens a path for criminals to gain access to the files and data on your computer.
On average, a data breach occurs every 8 hours, increasing the likelihood that your personal information could be exposed, sold or stolen.
In applying for a job, a significant amount of personal information is submitted. Fake job postings that use online applications can collect sensitive data for thieves.
This type of scam happens when you unknowingly download a file or install software onto your computer that transmits personal files back to thieves.
Insecure disposal of letters, account statements, and other documents that contain personal information can give identity thieves access to your information.
Personal information can be stolen from your mail, such as pre-approved credit offers or confidential letters, enabling thieves to steal your identity or fabricate a new one.
Hackers & Passwords
Most people don't follow best practices when creating passwords, which makes it easy for thieves to access sensitive data on laptops or mobile devices.