Almost 500 cases of identity fraud are reported each day, and there were more than 80,000 cases between January and June this year. These levels of fraud are close to becoming an epidemic for online authorities around the globe, but how can it be stopped?
Be aware of Phishing Websites:
A Phishing Website is a site that will mask itself as a legitimate website, where as in reality it’s a fraudulent one, looking for your information. Typically these websites look for usernames or passwords, but they could be potentially be looking for more sensitive information like your bank details, your card number or security code. If in doubt of a company’s legitimacy be sure to visit the company’s official website or give them a call.
Make sure to have anti virus software:
Having software that notices the virus for you helps massively, having anti-virus software lets you surf the web without having to worry about whether or not you’re on a potentially dangerous website.
Always choose strong passwords:
This is particularly important for the extra verification services used on some websites. Never pick blatantly obvious passwords like your birthdate or the word ‘password’ (obviously). The strongest types of passwords are the ones with numbers and letters in them, sometimes even using full stops and other punctuation in order to make your passwords stronger.
Always stay secure:
Before you enter any types of information especially card details or any payment details, always check the link is safe, for example there should be a padlock symbol in the top of the browser. This means that it’s safe to use. Also in the browser section there should be a web address, being “https://’. The S in that web address stands for ‘secure’.