Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft is a problem that plagues American citizens. According to a 2018 online survey by The Harris Poll, nearly 60 million Americans have been victims of identity theft.

 Best-selling author, consumer advocate and tech expert, Bob Sullivan, claims that there is nothing anyone can do to stop identity theft, but many experts say there are ways for consumers to reduce the probability of identity theft from the home.

Donald Warren, CEO of Slack Space and Offensive Security Certified Professional Ethical Hacker, says, “The best thing that people can do to protect themselves is to actively secure their online accounts with secure password policies.” Warren explains that this means using unique passwords for every account that are “complex, not easily guessed, and not dictionary words.” He says that they should be changed often and that users should take advantage of two-factor authentication whenever it is available.

Warren also warns consumers to be careful of where they go on the web, stressing that “not all websites are friendly and in fact, there are thousands of sites that can compromise your data.” He says that in today’s world identity theft and personal data theft are on the rise, and individuals and businesses of all sizes should take it seriously.

Warren confirms that one of the biggest scams people are falling victim to is phishing. He explains that this is when a hacker uses the information they have obtained on social media or other online sites to launch a campaign to gain access to personal data through fake emails. He says that these emails are set up to trick people into giving up social security numbers, passwords, usernames and sometimes unlimited access to their computers.

Warren’s advice is to use resources available to learn to protect your information from hackers.