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9/12/16 at 02:28 AM 0 Comments

3 Sneaky Ways Thieves use to snatch your data

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You just can't be too careful nowadays. We can call it an era of identity theft. As per the statistics, identity thieves have stolen hundred of billions of US consumers. No matter how much careful you are, there are plenty of other methods that identity thieves can use to get a hold of your personal information. Let's review three more ways that thieves you can steal your identity and help you protect yourself easily:

1. Mailbox
Snail mails can be annoying in more than one way. While you receive the paper copies of the statement of your bank accounts, retirement account, credit card account, investment accounts etc. It can save the cost of the printing them but opens up the door of potential theft.

Another great target is any sort of prefilled credit card or loan application. It might appear to be a little trash bin in your apartment building but can definitely be a gold mine for your identity thieves.

How to prevent it?
Avoid leaving emails into your mailbox overnight or on weekends. If you are planning to be away from home then schedule the delivery of all the emails on the same day you are returning.

Discards the letters of your preapproved offers of credit cards securely.

2. Fake Public Wi-Fi
Whether you are struggling to keep the usage of your data within limits or trying to upload a normal picture on Instagram while you are one vacation, many of us cannot resist the offer of free Internet and wireless network on any public spot. This is a perfect opportunity for the malicious hackers to steal your data.

Main targets for them are the commuters that are doing work and exposing valuable information such as business expense accounts, a list of clients, invoices etc. If you think your identity is getting stolen then just imagine how bad it is to expose your clients and coworker details to cyber criminals.

When you are activating your Wi-Fi port when you are about to connect it to a secure and known Wi-Fi. Whenever possible, check the authenticity of the network. When you are using public Wi-Fi, do not visit any sites that are related to your personalized finance. If you are using a public Wi-Fi for work then do so by connecting through the VPN to encrypt all your data during your session.

3. Email
LifeLock Inc. claims that you don't need to be a celebrity for somebody to get your email account hacked. All it takes is a suspicion of that you might be having a lot of financial assets to hack your account and use their complicated hacking skills. According to a list of over two million leaked passwords, the top five passwords of 2015 were:

123456
password
12345678
Qwerty
12345

Internet users don't learn from their mistakes. The most commonly used passwords were 123456 or password in the last few years. Moreover, almost three out of 4 people are still using the same password for multiple accounts giving the hackers getting a hold on your other online accounts. By unlocking your email and passwords, your hackers now have a good chance to be you!
Better safe than sorry.

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