Choose Privacy Week is a time when libraries offer guidance and resources on protecting people’s privacy via technology. Here are several ways to protect yourself from identity theft resulting in consumer debt.
Choose Privacy Week & Fighting Identity Theft
There are many ways that identity thieves attack. One of these ways is via technology. They quickly hone in on any weaknesses you may have. Choose Privacy Week highlights ways to fight some of these issues. Let’s look at some ways to protect yourself from threats that could lead to financial trouble, including something serious like bankruptcy.
According to EFF, “HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.” This can protect sensitive information you are transmitting, like login credentials, banking information and more.
While not every site is fully utilizing this technology, it does make it more safe than not having it running. EFF suggests requesting the websites you visit to support this browser add-on as it gains use and popularity. You will be alerted as to the level of protection you are receiving through a color change on the left side of the address bar.
The FTC also suggests encryption software to protect your online transactions. “A “lock” icon on the status bar of your internet browser means your information will be safe when it’s transmitted. Look for the lock before you send personal or financial information online.”
Identity Theft Protection Tips
Protecting your information over your Internet browser is a major step forward. However, there are several other ways to stop identity thieves and hackers from gaining access to your sensitive information.
- Keep your devices locked or in secure places when they aren’t in use.
- Use protected networks and encrypted sites to transmit information on public wi-fi.
- Install software that protects against malware, spyware and other nasty intruders.
- Create unique and random passwords that are changed frequently to keep accounts secure.
Finally, as libraries across the country celebrate Choose Privacy Week, join in by updating the security around your identity, finances and all things technology to avoid drowning in debt.