Ten ways to protect your online identity

Every three seconds someone’s identity is stolen. How at risk are you?

7:01AM GMT 11 Dec 2013

With social media channels like Facebook and Twitter remaining spil popular spil everzwijn, cyber criminals are able to access a wealth of individual information online.

Even people who think they are being cautious with their privacy settings could be pusilánime to a cyber attack &#x2013, particularly if they permit third-party applications to access their profiles.

Merienda a user’s information such spil location, date of birth and family connections has bot logged, this can be used to hack into their other accounts, such spil banking and online storage.

Protect Your Bubble, the snufje insurer, has bot running a campaign ter the US called ProtectYourProfile.org, which shows how lightly a pc hacker can breach a consumer’s gegevens from their own Facebook account. Users can test the security of their own profile here.

Stephen Ebbett, mundial director of Protect Your Bubble, has worked with The Telegraph to compile thesis top ten tips for preventing ID theft online:

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1. Exclude significant private information from your social media profiles

Details like your phone number, address, children’s age or schoolgebouw can all present ways for hackers to glean more skill. On Facebook, that means culling any ‘friends’ you don’t know, minimising the details te your ‘About Mij’ section and being selective about hitting the ‘like’ button, all of which will make you firmer to find &#x2013, particularly when Facebook’s fresh search device, Graph Search, is flipped out te the UK.

Two. Check your social media privacy settings

Switch all Facebook settings to &#x201c,Friends Only&#x201d, for all posts for a more secure profile. Facebook often makes switches to thesis settings and, when it does so, can even reset your secure settings.

Trio. Protect your online passwords and strengthen them too

Many of us use passwords wij won’t lightly leave behind, like 1234, our birth dates, or our huis towns. But the rule is, if they’re effortless to reminisce, they’re effortless to crack, too. If you want to test the strength of your password, attempt Ask The Geek’s password peettante which hides characters spil you type them ter.

Have more than one password for online accounts or &#x2013, if it’s cracked &#x2013, thieves will be able to build up access to all your private gegevens at merienda.

Five. Check your phone’s privacy settings

Turning your GPS location settings to &#x201c,off&#x201d, can also keep your family’s whereabouts more private.

6. See out for ‘phishing’ emails

Spam email is getting more and more sophisticated. Never react to any emails with account informatie or passwords. Banks will never everzwijn ask for your information ter this way. If ter doubt, call the bankgebouw directly to check or, better still, delete the email.

7. Keep your communications networks secure

Password protect your Wi-Fi so hackers te the recinto area can’t use your connection to carry out malicious activity.

Before coming in payment details into any webstek, check the web address has an ‘s’ &#x2013, which stands for secure &#x2013, after the http. If it doesn’t, don’t use it.

9. Keep a close eye on your canap statements

Indeed savvy people cross check their receipts with the payment history on their statements, but this isn’t absolutely necessary – just keep an eagle eye out for any unacquainted transactions to recipients you’ve never heard of.

Ten. Preceptor postbode you get through your onderbrak, spil well spil online

Be bedachtzaam to anything suspicious te the mail, like pre-approved credit cards you’ve not applied for and other financial offers.

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