Identity theft is can happen to us at anytime or place. If you are an online gamer, you are most likely on an unsecured network which leaves you vulnerable to hackers. Hopefully your online life will not end in computer or financial tragedy due to maliscious software infecting your computer.
Recently two of our computers were infected by the work of malicious hackers. Not only was the DNS changer destroyed, which made the computer unable to go on the internet; but the computer was unable to read CD’s. When it comes to protecting yourself from identity theft, online activities should always be monitored.
Internet saftey and identity theft should be terms you share with your family and friends.
Educating yourself and your family about the different scams used to steal your identity is essential to internet safety from identity theft. Parents should inform their children about online safety and should continually restrict their download privelages because sadly kids don’t care what they download, they just do it.
Below are some tips on what you can do to ensure your online safety from identity theft:
- Tell your children to never click on a pop up window unless you know it is a secured link. Trojan horses, viruses and worms could be attached to pop up windows claiming you won something.
- Anytime you are on an unesecured network, hackers have access to your computer. Be sure that all websites you visit are secure and trusted; otherwise you are at risk.
- Install a firewall and make sure children know the reason why a pop up blocker is used. Tell them hackers send out viruses and trojan horses that will not only steal your identity but can permantly disable your computer.
- Under no circumstance should your child download any file without your permission. Even if one of their friends sends them a file, tell them to never assume it is safe.
- Install Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, in addition to AVG and make sure to check your computer weekly for viruses.
- Run the cleaner to erase any unwanted files on your system.
- Be wary when installing updates or extra tool bars attached to files such as McAfee or Adobe because chances are, these programs may harm or slow down your computer until it finally shuts off for good.
- Stay away from programs that slow down your system. Some supposed trusted downloads are the doorway for hackers, so teach your children to never respond to strangers or click on links sent to them, even if they think it is from a friend.
- Facebook members should never click on links sent via instant messages. An imposter posing as a friend is going around sending emails and instant messages with links that may contain a virus or a trojan horse.
When it comes to identity theft, starting the road to online safety means that you must take steps to educate yourself about malicious hackers, who could be your neighbor or the guy sitting accross form you at Starbucks. The point is that when it comes to identity theft, if you use the internet you are at risk.
If you are a resident of Santa Ana and you witness suspcious online activities, report your suspicions to the Santa Ana Police Department or visit the economic crimes unit link. http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/economiccrimes.asp
When it comes to identity theft, those steeling your identity are operating under the radar, so we need to stay up to date of the latest schemes. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have a personal experience or any tips which could serve to make a huge differrence in our fight against identity theft. Your opinion is appreciated and can be used to help others in a similar situation. You can also contact me at [email protected]