Two steps to prevent identity theft
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Identity theft is a serious problem and with the amount of business transacted online, it is becoming easier to do. Here are two quick and easy ways to help prevent it from happening to you:
1. Transact purchases only on secured websites
Secured websites take special precautions to become fortified from phishers so they can’t steal the information from your credit cards when you type it in. You can recognize a secured website by the “S” that appears after the HTTP in the web address.
2. Don’t believe the emails
Every day new emails are sent from companies that purport to be a bank or PayPal. These emails state that there is a problem with your account and provide you with a link to sign in so that you can “fix” the supposed problem. They tend to have a threatening tone that states that your account will be closed if you do not sign in today.
These are phishing emails that send you to a site that looks like the one you want to reach, but instead is a site set up to capture your log in information.
Instead of using the links provided by these emails, type in the website address of the bank or site yourself in another browser and you’ll probably find there is no actual problem with your account.
You can then forward the fake email to the company’s security email address.
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