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Online Security: Avoiding Identity Theft

Published on 10 April 14
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With the meteoric rise in online shopping and web surfing, using your USB 3.0 docking station to charge all your gadgets and devices has never been more important. Moreover, because people are now more liberal in sharing their personal information because they are more active online, the number of identity theft cases has risen over the years. One reason this is happening is that the victims themselves unknowingly supply the fraudsters with sensitive information. Thus, there has never been a better time to get yourself smart regarding security as an Internet user.

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So, here are some tips on avoiding situations that would make you susceptible to getting your identity used by someone else. This way, using your top notch devices and your accessories like your USB 3.0 docking station stand would not result in a terrible experience.
Donât respond to anonymous emails and spams
If you donât know the sender and the message of the email is vague, suspicious, and is asking you to respond immediately with sensitive personal information, this is more likely to come from fraudsters. Spam emails pop up in our inbox daily. Even if they claim to be selling a product you really like at very low costs, refrain yourself from replying.

Most email clients have come up with very stringent safeguards to separate legitimate emails from those that are spam the moment they are received. But then, there are still some emails that get through. Thus, anyone receiving suspicious emails should know how to click the trash button ASAP.
Donât give out personal information at an unsecured site

Never fill in personal information like Social Security number, bank passwords, and account names especially if you were led to that site by a link that is emailed to you. Most likely, the email is from people who are running a phishing scam. Whenever a website asks personal information from you, always take a moment and ask yourself, Why is this website asking this piece of information from me? If the information solicitation is justified, like for a shopping website, then take another moment to look around the website and see to it that website is secure and has all the security certifications.

The bottom line is, exercise caution and common sense when online. This includes protecting your password and log-in information to prevent online scams. Look into ways that would make it easy to protect yourself from identity theft. Read the fine print and donât ignore those terms and conditions you have to agree on when using websites just because they are long and boring. You may allow websites to be more liberal in handling your information.

With the meteoric rise in online shopping and web surfing, using your USB 3.0 docking station to charge all your gadgets and devices has never been more important. Moreover, because people are now more liberal in sharing their personal information because they are more active online, the number of identity theft cases has risen over the years. One reason this is happening is that the victims themselves unknowingly supply the fraudsters with sensitive information. Thus, there has never been a better time to get yourself smart regarding security as an Internet user.

Online Security: Avoiding Identity Theft - Image 1

So, here are some tips on avoiding situations that would make you susceptible to getting your identity used by someone else. This way, using your top notch devices and your accessories like your USB 3.0 docking station stand would not result in a terrible experience.

Donât respond to anonymous emails and spams

If you donât know the sender and the message of the email is vague, suspicious, and is asking you to respond immediately with sensitive personal information, this is more likely to come from fraudsters. Spam emails pop up in our inbox daily. Even if they claim to be selling a product you really like at very low costs, refrain yourself from replying.

Most email clients have come up with very stringent safeguards to separate legitimate emails from those that are spam the moment they are received. But then, there are still some emails that get through. Thus, anyone receiving suspicious emails should know how to click the trash button ASAP.

Donât give out personal information at an unsecured site

Never fill in personal information like Social Security number, bank passwords, and account names especially if you were led to that site by a link that is emailed to you. Most likely, the email is from people who are running a phishing scam. Whenever a website asks personal information from you, always take a moment and ask yourself, Why is this website asking this piece of information from me? If the information solicitation is justified, like for a shopping website, then take another moment to look around the website and see to it that website is secure and has all the security certifications.

The bottom line is, exercise caution and common sense when online. This includes protecting your password and log-in information to prevent online scams. Look into ways that would make it easy to protect yourself from identity theft. Read the fine print and donât ignore those terms and conditions you have to agree on when using websites just because they are long and boring. You may allow websites to be more liberal in handling your information.

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