A Canadian news outlet has shared an article that offers simple tips to protect against identity theft — and it says the number-one way people become victimized is “using public or unsecured wireless Internet connections.”
Here is the full list of of the more common ways that people expose themselves to fraud, courtesy of The Wire:
- Using public or unsecured wireless Internet connections.
- Entering personal information on unsecure or fake websites.
- Downloading viruses, spyware or malware. These are programs designed to damage or do undesirable things on your computer.
- Creating an online profile that includes credit card or banking information.
- Saving passwords on a computer in a file that has not been encrypted or protected by a key or password.
In addition to offering password-security tips, the article also suggests that you don’t use public wifi hotspots to link to your social networking pages. Further, you should use the enhanced privacy settings on social networking sites and allow only approved people to access your profile.