Someone might be using your (online)data without authorization, and without you knowing it. Your information can be used to buy goods in someone else’s name and avoid having to pay. People smugglers, drug traffickers and terrorists also use stolen identity information. Fortunately, many types of identity theft can be prevented. Read below 4 ways to protect yourself from identity theft.
1. Anti-virus and Anti-malware
Protect personal information from identity theft, by downloading antivirus and anti-malware. Make sure you do not open any documents that seem unfamiliar to you. Antivirus software is the “policeman” at the gate of your computer system. It is designed to to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware, and more. The most obvious consequence for poor or nonexistent virus protection is lost data. So make sure you always have the right tools installed on your computer.
2. Data protection
Data protection means that the privacy rights of individuals are safeguarded in relation to the processing of their personal data. Data protection is important, since privacy protects us from arbitrary and unjustified use of power by states, companies and other actors. Your cloud-stored data is generally safer than your locally stored data.
3. Secure your email
Personal data is send most by email. Securing your email with the right tools is therefore an important consideration. Although email security has certainly improved since its inception, it is not completely secure. An email never goes directly from the sender to receiver, so if you want to protect your data, make sure you use email security tools.
4. Know who you’re dealing with
Identity theft is a serious crime. Identity theft happens when someone uses information about you without your permission. It mostly occurs online, but even in real life: always know who you’re dealing with.
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