Internet Identity Theft
New Hot Spot Is
Internet identity theft has turned into extremely Big business.
We average people must keep up-to-date with the next area a criminal is going to assault.
Identity theft has dramatically risen again, in large part, due to the state of our economy.
affecting everyone, and even the criminals have upped their game and
found yet another easy target for themselves, which turns out to be a
very dangerous target for us.
Most of us now have laptops and go to so many more business establishments for work or personal business.
Go to top internet fraud scams to learn more about areas that thieves love to compromise.
Many people carry their laptops with them and may stop at a library; bookstore, or coffee shop.
Many people if on business, will catch up with their emails, etc at an airport or hotel.
identity theft is alive and well! Any place that offers a Wi-Fi network
connection to the Internet has got to be something for you to be very
safety conscious of, as this is a Huge draw for a scammer.
What is Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi is a way to enter the internet using a wireless netword through a wireless access point.
take it for granted you’re in a safe environment, and all you want to
do is check your email to see if anything needs your immediate
attention. What’s the harm, right?
when you log in you’re logging into the airport’s Wi-Fi network but, in
reality, you may really be connecting with a criminal.
have now started hitting all the public places people frequent that
offer public connections to the internet via Wi-Fi when on the run doing
business or daily activities.
- Unfortunately, tools for hacking are very readily and easily available.
All you have to do is go online to purchase these items; sometimes these tools are even free.
- Scammers can give rise to their own similar wireless networks that imitate the look or name of a real business’s hot spot.
- This leads you to believe you’re on the airport's network when, in fact, you’re on the scammer's.
- By the way, smart phones are not exempt from this scam; they are also an extremely big target.
Go to phone cramming to learn more about how this scam can affect you.
you connect to a business’s network with either your smart phone or
laptop, you are leaving yourself wide open to be targeted specifically
by these crooks.
- Surprise! The hacker can even
turn out to be the person sitting across the room from you that seizes
and reads your emails as they are transmitted.
It turns out that many Wi-Fi networks are Not
secure so, it turn, you are very easy targets for scammers who are
after all your personal information such as, passwords, cell phone
numbers and email addresses.
- Another big heads-up for
internet identity theft is the fact that a scammer loves it if you also
do your online banking or online shopping while at your local hangout.
This allows the scammer free access to all your personal and financial information.
- You will end up in a world of hurt if your account numbers are compromised.
Here are a few tips to follow if you use the networks of any public establishments.
Internet Identity Theft Tips
- Don’t be taken in by copy cat Wi-Fi networks. Make sure you are
aware of the business’s precise Wi-Fi network and don’t be fooled into
connecting with anything else.
- Make sure your
smart phone and laptop are set up to manually choose the Wi-Fi network.
Changing the default setting may also be needed.
- If you hook up to a popular business’s network and your device says it is “unsecured”, make a speedy exit.
- A hot spot can remain unsecured even when a password is demanded. Avoid any of these businesses.
- Pay close attention to the type of encryption your device shows even if the site claims it is secure.
Dating from over a decade ago is an early system called Wired Equivalent Privacy, better known as WEP.
Please treat the network as unsecured if WEP.
A better encryption is Wi-Fi Protected Access, better known as WPA, but the best one is WPA2.
- Many of us use Firefox and they have software that’s a free add-on to their browser called HTTPS-Everywhere and Force-TLS.
This guarantees you use encryption features when visiting any website.
Also adding to security is some free, and some not free, virtual private network software.
- Make sure you change your passwords regularly and make sure they're hard to hack by adding symbols and digits to them.
- Pay close attention to any on-screen warnings and make sure your security software is kept updated.
- When you’re not using Wi-Fi, turn it off.
- If you're able to connect by smart phone or laptop, it’s better to use the phone as it’s normally much harder to hack into.
chances of staying safe from internet identity theft greatly increase
if you take appropriate steps to insure your online safety.
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