How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

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identity theftIf you are concerned about identity theft then there are number of ways in which you can protect yourself.

And no, don’t worry! You don’t need to invest in any expensive computing equipment and software.

The best way to protect yourself from identity theft is to cultivate good identity protection habits, much in the sane way that you develop a safety habits when driving or conducting any thing where there is some risk.

Today we are going to go through some essential habits that will help you protect yourself from identity theft:

1.)   Choose secure passwords

The rules of an excellent password are that you have used a capital letter, a number and symbol. If you have done these things and have cultivated a habit of integrating this level of security into all of your passwords, then you are well on your way to protecting your identity.

2.)   Change your passwords regularly

Another important factor in protecting your identity is to change your password regularly. You top up the oil and water in your car, you change the bag in your vacuum cleaner and you throw out the rubbish in your kitchen and hopefully you take a shower every day. In the same way that these daily actions are a habit, so too should changing your online passwords regularly be a habit.

3.)   Dispose of important documents properly

If you have regularly build ups of accounts information that you need to dispose of then shredding them or burning them is the best way to get rid of them in a way that protects you from identity theft.

4.)  Never access personal accounts on public computers

If you only ever access your personal accounts and private data that is on social media and other similar online accounts, you only ever access these via a private computer.

If you do have to access these accounts in a public place, you do so rarely, and when you do you shield your screen and delete browsing history, cache and saved data on the Internet browser that you have used.

 5.)  Never share your passwords, and if you do you change them instantly.

You would never put on underwear that has just been worn by someone else would you? Its almost instinctive in the way that you would just never ever do it – cultivate the same repulsion for keeping the same password in the event that it has been shared with someone else.

6.)   Don’t write your passwords down

If you have a poor memory, you solve this problem by choosing memorable words but turn them into passwords in clever way by imagining them as number plates. The word “money” for example becomes  “M0n3y£” for a secure, yet easily remembered password, and you don’t write it down.

7.)   You have a pass code lock on your phone 

Your phone will have a lot of your personal information stored on it, not least of all your browsing history. Ways to reduce the threat of identity theft are to have a pass code lock on your phone, as well as the incognito setting turned on on your browser to make sure your information is deleted as soon as you exit your browser.

Grace is an image rights expert who writes about protecting your identity. In her spare time she loves to research all the latest developments in image rights.

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