How to Protect Yourself From Scammers
There is no understating how careful you must be with where you deposit your personal information. Now more than ever, hackers around the world spend day and night figuring out ways to steal your identity and personal information and use it for none other than personal gain.
Mobile ProtectionOne common and surefire way to protect your information is by requiring some sort of
passcode to unlock your mobile device. Passcodes can range from patterns to numerical codes
or custom passwords. By setting up some kind of passcode that only you have knowledge, you
can make sure that should your phone get misplaced or stolen, all of your information will stay
protected. Setting up some sort of antivirus protection can also add a level of security against
those seeking your personal information. You also want to make sure that any important
information that you have on your phone is backed up on another device. This can be easily
accomplished through iCloud for Apple devices or Dropbox if you use an Android device, or
even the old-fashioned way with just a piece of paper and a pen.
It’s also a good idea to have the latest antivirus protection set up on your phone. While
many only associate virus protection to desktops or laptop devices, smartphones are not
immune to malware by any means, so having a mobile firewall can definitely play an important
role in protecting your private information.
Computer ProtectionLike most people, you probably have your most sensitive information stored on your
computer which can include copies of your identification documents, but usually also
passwords, codes, addresses, sentimental photos and much more. Having the latest software
installed from reputable cybersecurity companies like McAfee or Norton provides a much
needed layer of security from potential viruses and malware.
Another great way to protect sensitive information is by using strong passwords and
activating “two-step authentication” on websites where it is available. Using a strong password
will make it much less likely that anyone with malicious intentions will gain access to your
information and two-step authentication will require you to approve of every time someone is
trying to log in to one of your accounts.
Phone Calls and Phony EmailsLastly, if you receive emails from unfamiliar email addresses or unexpected phone calls
asking for your personal address - do not engage in conversation under any circumstances.
Scammers and fraudsters exist in every country in the world and can call and email
internationally. One important thing to note is that if the IRS or any other government
institution genuinely needs your personal information, they will send a request by mail. If
you’re unsure about the legitimacy of an email or phone call, just ignore it.
Identity theft and similar schemes happen every single day to tens of thousands of
innocent, unexpecting people. In this day and age, knowing how to protect your personal info is
imperative so that you don’t find yourself at the mercy of scammers. We highly recommend
implementing the tips in this article to create a level of protection for yourself against those
looking to profit off of your information.