How to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is a crime that seems to be on the increase – we read about it regularly and it affects both large organisations and individuals, with devastating and stressful consequences. Here are a few ways that you can prevent this from happening to you or to your company…

Keep your Security Software up to Date – Cyber criminals are getting ever more inventive and are always on the hunt for new ways to access your personal details from the web. Making sure that your cyber security systems are always up to date is crucial when it comes to stopping them, as it will make sure that you always have the most up to date security to stop them.

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Make sure that all Confidential Documents have been Destroyed – Identity thieves only need a small amount of personal information to commit identity fraud. Don’t take any chances and make sure that any documentation with any personal details on is destroyed – provide a confidential shredding service so you can rest assured your paperwork is destroyed.

Be Careful with your Social Media – Social media may seem innocent to most of us, but it is the perfect place for criminals to get information. Criminals use social media to gain personal information and also to find out when people are away from home, which leads to burglaries, so be very careful what you put on there and look at your privacy settings too.

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Make sure that your Passwords are Strong – If a criminal can guess a password, that is one of the easiest ways in to stealing your information. Make sure your passwords are difficult to guess, contain a combination of letters and numbers, and don’t use the same password for multiple logins.

Richard Anderson


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