Protecting your personal data is a high priority with the increasing identity theft threats across the world. When your identity is compromised your financials are threatened as well. You may end up with consumer debt that is uncalled for.
Protecting Your Personal Data
Data breaches are a common occurrence these days. Every time something like this happens, you are at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. Therefore, it can sometimes get hard protecting your personal data. The extensive use of the internet in retail and money transaction has given a way for thieves to work their way towards stealing your personal information.
Here are a few things you can do in protecting your personal data.
Take caution when using your credit cards online. Ask your self some questions to make sure you are safe.
- Are you using a secure internet connection or is it a public network?
- Is the online retailer you are doing the transaction with a secure site?
- Do you absolutely need to make this purchase online?
Read the Fine Print:
Using Credit Card vs a Debit:
In places you are even slightly unsure it is much safer to use your credit card or cash for the transactions. A debit card has direct access to your bank accounts and of compromised can do more harm than good!
Your SSN is Yours to Know!
Social Security numbers are probably the most readily available piece of personal information for would-be identity thieves. Unless you’re taking out a loan, dealing with a government agency, or dealing with someone writing you a paycheck or sending you tax forms for employment, there’s absolutely no reason anyone should need your Social Security number.