The consequences of identity theft are real and really serious. If your personal information is stolen, it can wreak havoc on your financial life. Your bank account could be drained, credit cards maxed out, new accounts opened, and your credit impaired—all without you even knowing until after the damage is done. Also, having your identity stolen can negatively affect your reputation, which can impact your job. And what is worse, these issues can take weeks or months to repair.
That’s why it’s essential to proactively protect your personal identity and your online accounts. You want to make sure your identity, financial information, health records, passwords, and other sensitive data don’t end up in the wrong hands.
How do the bad guys get my information?
There are several ways. Some are low-tech, like sifting through your trash or pilfering your mailbox, but these days most identities are stolen online.
Online security can be a scary topic, but at 3GO, we believe that there are just a few core things that make the biggest difference, and we want to help you get those things right!
Thieves are constantly scanning the Internet for any information of value they can hijack. Sharing personal information with others you don’t know is one of the most significant risks online. Any nugget of personal information a scammer finds could lead him or her on an extensive online treasure hunt.
They’ll keep digging around for more breadcrumbs like your address, phone number, family members’ names, car information, passwords, work history, credit status, social security numbers, birth date, school names, passport information, driver’s license numbers, insurance policy numbers, loan numbers, credit/ debit card numbers, PIN numbers, and bank account information. Think of the number of threads you have seen on Facebook like: “My first car was a ‘78 Chevy Nova! What was yours?” Those kinds of threads are started by “social engineering” hackers trying to collect information by asking password reset security
We started 3GO to help keep your identity safe online. We’ll be sharing practical actionable tips like, “Please think twice before generating your rock star name!” Stay tuned!