Identity theft_how crooks steal data_blogIdentity theft is on the increase globally. Nothing is safe. They’re after your Facebook account, your medical identity and your financial assets. Typically, most, if not all of this information, exists in some shape or form on the World Wide Web, which means it can be hacked. You’re especially at risk if you use the same passwords, variations of the same password or personal information such as your birth date, to access this information.

Aside from being a massive inconvenience, identity theft is also expensive! While you’re not liable to false expenses, it does take time to legally establish that these charges were not made by you, and it takes even longer for your credit history to recover. So, clearly identity theft is something to be avoided.

On this blog we’ve covered how identity theft is gaining popularity among cybercrooks, how it impacts everyone, and how anyone can be a target, including children and the deceased. We’ve also taught you tricks to help you protect yourself, your identity and your family. Check out previous articles for more details. Today is about educating you on how cyber crooks might steal from you.

Here’s how cybercrooks steal data – the 4 most common ways:

  1. 1.     Dumpster Diving

Do you throw away old bank statements, bills and other mail with personal and important private information on it? Crooks are rummaging through YOUR garbage – you better believe it! We all are guilty of throwing away things we shouldn’t – consider investing in a paper shredder.

  1. 2.     Phishing

Crooks will email you, pretending to be your bank. Don’t be fooled by logos slapped on poorly written emails – that’s spam! Just remember: your bank will never ask you outright for your account details. You’re smarter than that!

  1. 3.     Skimming

Beware of suspicious looking ATMs and Credit Card machines – they could be stealing or copying your credit card details on to a special storage device, while processing your purchase. If you’re suspicious, you’re better off going to get cash from your bank’s ATM for the purchase.

  1. 4.     Hacking

We’ve all read about the big brands that have been hacked over the last year, which just goes to show no one is safe. Change your password regularly, and reduce the risk of your valuable account information being stolen.

BullGuard can also help protect you from cybercrooks. Consider installing one of our products on your phone and computer.

Check out BullGuard’s security products and choose the one that best suits your needs. And remember to follow BullGuard’s advice to outsmart cyber crooks – subscribe to the BullGuard blog so you make sure you never miss a trick!

avatarWritten by Kirsten Dunlaevy (195 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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