Your identity tells who you are, the way you are viewed by the world and uniquely identifies you. Your personal identifying information are your full name, email, home address, SIN, online login and passwords, drivers license number, etc. It is of utmost importance to be wary of websites and activities engaged in when online so as not to fall victim of identity theft.
Identity theft occurs when someone accesses your personal information such as your password, banking information, credit card numbers and SIN; and commits a crime while using your identity. This can happen occur through phishing scams, skimming, dumpster diving, Wi-Fi hacking, phone scams and data breaches.
Best practices to protect yourself against identity threat
- Use unique, complex passwords for each account and device
- Avoid password reuse by using a password manager to remember your passwords
- Check your credit report regularly to ensure that everything is correct and accurate
- Enable two-factor authentication on all accounts that offer it
- Never give out personal information especially on phone calls that is not initiated by the individual
- Do not click links or download materials from suspicious websites
- Protect documents containing personal information such as credit report, bank statements, ATM receipts etc.
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