Stupid Simple Security Tip # 8 – Implement Identity Theft Prevention Tactics

Stupid Simple Security Tip # 8 – Implement Identity Theft Prevention Tactics

By Tom Lambotte | January 28, 2021

So many of us don’t consider security until it’s too late.

Whether in business or personal life, identity theft is a unique nightmare worth doing your best to avoid.

A few bad things that bad people can do with your ID information:

  • Apply for credit cards or loans in your name.
  • Withdraw funds from your bank account.
  • Obtain medical care using your health insurance.
  • Steal your tax refund using your social security number.
  • Sell your information to other criminals.
  • Conduct fraud by creating fake social media profiles with your name and photo.
  • Blackmail you in case they have sensitive information that could damage your public reputation.

These are the most common reasons why identity theft happens:

  • Entering information on phishing websites that mimic the real thing (like a fake Facebook website)
  • Not using up-to-date security software
  • Buying products from shady websites
  • Using public WiFi
  • Not secure the router
  • Using weak login credentials
  • Using the same login credentials in many places
  • Having weak privacy settings on social media

If you can avoid making these mistakes, it will be much harder for criminals to get a hold of your identity and run havoc on your business. This week’s post is more just a what not to do.

See that list up above. Don’t do it. Lesson over.  😁

  • January 28, 2021

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.