Identity theft is a kind of scam, deception, or crime which results in the loss of passwords, usernames, banking information, social security numbers, credit card numbers, health ID’s, etc. which are then used to commit crimes like fraud.
Identity theft online occurs when users fall for confidence or phishing scams, download malicious software, use insecure wireless networks, withdraw money from rigged ATMs, share passwords with strangers, etc.
To ensure this never happens to you, here are a few things you can do to protect your online identity effectively:
Protect your computer with strong security software
If your PC has malicious software, all other safeguards will be of little help since the criminals already have the key to your personal information. Whenever you download files from the web with your internet download manager software, always scan the files first with your antimalware tool to ensure there is no infection. Also, make sure you install all system updates as soon as they are available.