11 Sep

Top 8 Tips to Avoid Online Scams & Identity Theft

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people are shopping online than before. While this is great for businesses, people could potentially be putting their identities at risk or be targeted for a fraudulent online scam. To help protect your personal information, as well as your devices, you need to take the right precautions by using these top tips.

Tip #1: Don’t open spam text messages.

If you receive text messages from unknown senders, avoid opening them. They could contain malicious code or links. If you reply to the text or click the link, your device could be infected with malware, ransomware, or allow a hacker access to your device.

Tip #2: Review your wireless connection settings.

Most people don’t realize their devices are set by default to automatically connect to wireless hot spots and networks without their permission. Some of these could be fake and result in your device being cloned or download something malicious into the operating system. You want to disable this feature.

Tip #3: Avoid accessing personal information over public Wi-Fi networks.

Most public wireless networks are not secure or encrypted. Anyone can connect to them, which means you put yourself and your devices at risk. Never open or connect to any financial or personal accounts when connected to a public Wi-Fi network. If there is something you must do, disconnect from wireless, and use your cellular data, which is secure and encrypted, instead.

Tip #4: Do not store your payment information on shopping websites.

Some online shopping sites will store your payment information. You should not do this because if the retailer is hacked, your payment information could be stolen. It is better to enter the payment information each time or use a more secure payment option, like ApplePay, PayPal, etc.

Tip #5: Avoid clicking links in emails.

Hackers have evolved and now send you emails that look like they came from actual retailers. They will mimic the current promotions and sales the retailers are offering. It is better to visit the retailer directly through your secure web browser.

Tip #6: Avoid shopping on unsecured websites.

There are still some retailers that have unsecured websites. You can tell the difference by looking at the web address. If it begins with “https,” then the site is secure. Recent browse updates will also alert you to unsecured websites.

Tip #7: Don’t leave devices connected online constantly.

Some people leave their computers and devices connected to internet sites. This increases risks that someone could potentially hack into your online account or your device. It is better to close internet-connected apps when you are done using them.

Tip #8: Never use the same passwords and pin codes for your personal accounts.

Some people have the bad habit of using the same passwords and pin codes for all their banking, financial, shopping, and other personal accounts. If a hacker obtains your login credentials, they could potentially access all your accounts.

By using these tips, you can reduce your risks of scams and identity theft. If you have computers, gaming systems, tablets, phones, or other storage devices that failed with data you need, contact Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 (888-Call-TIM) today! We offer professional data recovery services from certified technicians.

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