As we become more reliant on technology, such as smartphones, we open ourselves to different forms of identity fraud. According to a 2012 Javelin Strategy and Research study, social media users are twice as likely to become a victim of identity theft as people that do not utilize social media. Additionally, smartphone users have a 33% higher risk for identity theft than the average consumer.
Despite warnings, consumers share too much information on public profiles. Protect yourself by doing the following:
- Disable GPS on applications whenever it is not necessary
- Set privacy settings as high as you can.
- Don’t share personal information online, especially if you may use it in the future for a security question. This includes birth day/month/year, mother’s maiden name, high school name, phone number, pet’s name, etc.
- Turn on your phone’s password protection to protect it and its contents if it is lost or stolen.
- Don’t store passwords on smart phones, and be sure to wipe memory cards before selling old phones or computers.
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