Knowing how to protect yourself from data theft is one of the most important skills that anyone can have when it comes to information systems. Identity theft and data theft are serious enough that spending a lot of time working to prevent them really can make all the difference in the world for all users.
For one thing, people need to be careful about the sort of information that they share online in general. Identity thieves absolutely love social media. They will actually go into a person’s Facebook page and they will look for different context clues that they can use in order to guess what a person’s passwords might be before they try to break into a person’s various accounts.
People need to make sure that they have the sort of password security standards that will make this practice impossible. No one should use a password based on something that can be easily found on Facebook or Twitter. People should never use their addresses or anything of that nature as a security password. Plenty of identity thieves really are just going to go down the list in order to find the password that seems to work, and they won’t mind taking the time that they need. Making them work is one of the most important parts of this process.
The best passwords are very long and full of a lot of incomprehensible strings of characters and digits. Random capital letters can also help. While these are the sorts of passwords that can be more inconvenient to type and to write, they can still be better for a lot of people in the long run.
People also need to avoid using the same password in all of their accounts. This is just going to make things easier for thieves. Many thieves will make the assumption that people will do this as a matter of course. Sadly, a good portion of the thieves are right. People who make things complicated enough for thieves might actually manage to prevent a lot of thefts in their own right immediately, since a lot of thieves might just give up on it all.
Obviously, having up-to-date antivirus software is an important part of being able to stay safe from identity theft of all types. People who tend to do a lot of purchases and important transactions on their phones are strongly encouraged to get some antivirus software for their phones, especially since a lot of people don’t bother with this even at the best of times.
Using free and open WiFi connections is fine. However, people should often try to avoid making purchases through these free and open WiFi connections. They should generally focus on less risky activity when they’re using unsecured WiFi connections. A lot of data thieves and identity thieves will specifically take advantage of the trust that people have in these WiFi connections. The people who try to regulate their usage of free and open WiFi and who maintain good password security are more likely to stay safe.