Scammers and hackers take advantage of our carelessness to obtain our personal information from us or off our devices. This is why it is important to use multi-factor authentication, like fingerprints, Face ID, and pin codes when accessing personal information on our devices.
Even with these methods to help keep our information safe and secure, hackers and scammers rely on other tactics to get us to give up our information. To protect yourself further, it worth your time to review the following tips.
Tip #1: Never supply your personal information to unknown sources.
Scammers and hackers will attempt to get your personal information through emails, text messages, and phone calls. They will tell you they are contacting you about an “urgent matter” and you must verify the information or else they cannot help you.
The best thing to do is not respond to these emails, text messages, or phone calls. Instead, contact the company directly that is supposedly requesting the information to verify they actually need it. 9 times out of 10, they do not, nor will they have sent you anything asking for it.
Tip #2: Review and update your passwords every 3 to 6 months.
One way scammers get access to your personal information is hacking into your accounts. They use complex programs that try various passwords. This is why you should never use the same password for more than one account.
Make sure to use strong passwords using a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. For example, you could use 0 in place of the letter O or $ in place of the letter S.
Tip #3: Watch for “phishy” emails and text messages.
Phishing scams are used very frequently by hackers and scammers. These scams are emails or text messages that look like they are from trustworthy senders. They often want you to click a link or open an attachment to confirm your personal information.
To avoid accidentally giving out your personal information, check the name of the sender. It will look close, but there will be some variation. The message or email will typically state something to the effect your account has been hacked and you need to take action to protect your information.
The messages could also state your account has been locked out from too many unauthorized access attempts. In some cases, the messages may be less urgent, like stating you qualify for a credit line increase.
The best solution is to delete these messages and emails and block them or add them to your junk filter. Then, contact the company directly and verify they sent the message.
By using these tips, you can better protect yourself and your personal information from scammers.
If you have a tablet, smartphone, computer, or another storage device with personal information on it that no longer works and you want it recovered, please feel free to contact Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 (888-Call-TIM) today!