Assume that you are out on a holiday with your family to another Country and to your surprise, someone behind your back just used your credit card details to buy something as big as a car. As grave as this may sound, this is a reality. And this is the kind of identity theft that takes place in major countries of the world because so much of private information is given on these internet forums by users.
Could You Be the Next Victim of Data Breach
The question, in fact, should be, why wouldn’t you be the next victim for their identity thieves when you have pretty much given all your private, financial and official details over the internet, whether it’s through the social media or through official websites. Hackers/thieves are getting more advanced, than we, the users are. They know more about privacy than we as consumers do. And that is the reason why it is becoming easier for them to access our information, and use it against us.
How Can You as a Consumer Save Yourself From Such Data Breach
- Rule number 1, give the least information as possible on your social networking websites, or on any public forums. The more information you give about yourself, the easier you are to read to these hackers. They would find a way to talk you into buying a certain product (which probably would be a fake) depending on the interests and hobbies shared by you online.
- Be extra vigilant about your bank statements. Even if you are someone who does not really care about the bank statement, you must keep a weekly, if not daily, check on your bank statement to know where your money is going and if something seems a bit too phishy, contact your bank right away.
- The most common, and the silliest mistake that we as consumers make is by clicking on links that are not secured. We, as consumers of the internet, just get attracted by certain products, and click on links without thinking that this could be a hacking link or a link which would allow a hacker into your phone, or your computer. Once you click on these links, you often give away all the needed information to the hackers, even without telling them anything. So the next time you click on a random link, be sure of whether the link is secured or not. This is a very common way of hacking someone account, through emails especially. So be careful the next time you get an email.
- Keep changing your passwords for your email addresses, your computer, and even your pin code for the atm. Carry this process after every few months. This is a very common way of securing your data.
- Most of us have anti-virus applications and programs installed in our phones and on our computers. And if you are from the large percentage of people who feel anti-virus software are no good, then you must evaluate your choice and have these installed because these play an important role in keeping your information protected. This software informs you instantly if they detect a virus on your computer or phone.
- Make sure your passwords include alphabets and numbers. Make it strong so that hackers cannot predict your password easily.