[ /aɪˈdentɪti θeft/ ]
the fraudulent practice of using another person's name and personal information in order to obtain credit, loans, etc.
There are many methods used to steal someone’s identity. A phone call or an email from an allegedly legitimate business or individual are two examples. Sometimes all it takes is to go through one’s trash to find mail containing personal information and credit card receipts.
The name of an employee can be all it takes to set up a fake account, asking for sensitive information, such as client lists, or a financial transfer.
Whether it’s your social media, email or other account, many suppliers offer the possibility to log in through a two-factor authentication. A two-factor authentication means you have to verify yourself through two devices or security steps, for example: your password first and secondly with a code sent as a text message to your phone. When you go to an ATM you use a two-factor authentication: first your bank card and secondly your PIN.
- Activate two-factor authentication
- Choose a secure password: download our manual here
- Make sure to change password if leaked
- DO NOT use the same password at different sites or accounts
- Do not open links sent in e-mails from people/addresses you do not recognize.
- Do not give out any personal information, such as passwords, PINs, Social Security numbers, etc. through e-mail or phone, even if the person claims to be a part of an authorized organization.