How fast can hackers get your Social Security number, bank account details, and passwords, and then take over your life? It turns out it’s as fast as 36 hours. What’s worse you can be vigilant with online identity theft and still not even know you’re in the thick of it.
This, however, isn’t the only horrifying detail about online identity theft. You should also know that:
1. Millions of people are becoming victims of identity theft
In 2014, hackers were able to steal from more than 17 million people, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics. From 2010 to 2016, cybercrime amounted to $107 billion. Private Tunnel reminds people of the importance of having a robust security measure to prevent cyber threats.
2. Your social media presence matters
Want to be active in social media? You better think twice, as thieves are also using the same platforms to gather information about you. Based on what you post, they can figure out passwords or answers to password hints. Once they get hold of your home address, they can check through social media if you’re around and burgle.
While these risks don’t mean you should stay away from social media forever, it’s still best to be careful. Consider posting later all your travel photos or never indicate where you are.
3. Changing passwords of your regularly used accounts doesn’t spare you
Back to the Mirror UK article, the victim tried changing her password, but forgot to do so on a hotel booking website where the hackers obtained her home address and contact details.
If these hackers want to steal your information, they will find a way to do so. But you can protect yourself better by using virtual private network software that encrypts your personal data, especially when transmitted through cyberspace. It also hides other essential information, such as your IP address.