Identity theft continues to pose a very serious threat to computer users who don’t have good security software. Once hackers breach your PC and get hold of sensitive data such as your social security number, credit card numbers, bank account information, user names, and passwords, they can completely destroy your financial life. Just ask the 56-year-old Chicago man whose debit cards were charged to the tune of $900,000 and who had to spend $100,000—his life savings—to fight the charges and clear up the mess.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to prevent identity theft from happening to you. Here are some quick tips to help keep you from going broke because of your computer:
- Adopt a layered approach to computer security. Just having an antivirus program or only using a firewall does not give you enough protection these days. A layered approach that covers a wider variety of potential vulnerabilities is the best solution.
- Beware of Internet scams. You know there’s not really a Nigerian prince willing to share his $5 million inheritance with you, right? Or that your email address wasn’t in fact picked for the grand prize in a national lottery? Never respond to any unsolicited email offering a deal that sounds too good to be true.
- Be proactive when it comes to protecting your financial data. Don’t wait until identity thieves strike to change your bad habits. Be proactive about guarding your personal information by installing a strong computer security system, using different passwords for each financial or shopping site, and changing the passwords frequently.
If you’re not using comprehensive security software on your home computer, then you’re practically inviting hackers to access your sensitive data. Protect yourself from the nightmare of identity theft by consulting Software Security Solutions today.