The digital world offers great online experiences, whether it’s connecting with new people, sharing information or shopping and banking online. It is important to protect your privacy to ensure positive online experiences.
Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to pretend to be you, usually to carry out fraudulent activity such as trying to access your bank accounts or opening a credit card account in your name.
You can reduce your risk of falling victim to identity theft with these tips:
- Create strong, secure passwords, and change them regularly.
- Be suspicious of unexpected or unusual emails.
- Make sure your bank has your up-to-date contact details so they can get in touch quickly if they see any unusual activity on your accounts.
- If throwing out any personal or financial information such as bank statements or bills, shred or destroy them. If filing them away, make sure they are kept in a secure place in your home/office.