Do you like playing games on your mobile phone or surfing the web on your computer while waiting at the airport? The newest scams take advantage of our ability to do “anything, anywhere.”
The next time you are downloading a new app to your mobile phone make sure it’s a reputable one. “Sniffer” apps are becoming a popular way for thieves to get your information. You download a game only to unknowingly have spyware or key-logging software transmitting your sensitive information directly into the hands of a thief.
Social Network trolling, where thieves pull information from the internet, is another common scam that is preventable. Limit your personal information on social media profiles; hackers can use this information to take over your existing accounts as well as obtain new ones under your Social Security number. All it takes is your birth date and birth location for a good hacker to be able to guess your Social Security number.
Lastly, using an unsecured wireless connection puts you at risk as well. If the connection does not require a password to access the network that means the information is not encrypted and anything on your computer could be at risk. Even just accessing your email could be a dangerous move.
Help protect your information by limiting the amount you share with others. Keep your social profiles private, use strong passwords, and use encrypted, password protected internet connections. If you have questions about internet safety or feel you may be at risk please contact us at 800-789-2720.