Secure your personal information
This is the single most important way of protecting yourself from online identity theft. Never give out your personal information to people who you don’t know and even to the people you trust. Remember that everything is personal so you need not tell other people about your personal information. You should be careful also in filling up forms be it online or actual forms. You have to make sure that the forms you are filling up are true and legitimate especially if it asks you to enter personal data. As a practical rule, transact only online transactions in legitimate websites because other sites might have phishing software installed. Vigilance in protecting your personal information can surely save you from trouble.
Keep your computer secureAccording to experts, stealing of personal information not only happens in public computers. Stealing can actually happen right in your own personal computer. How do thieves do this? It is quite simple actually. Sometimes, when you visit a particular site, a popup window will tell you that your computer is too slow. If you know technical stuff about your computer, you can of course ignore this but there are those that have no idea and click on the link. As they click on the link, the program will download malwares and phishing programs and even key loggers that try to steal passwords and credit card informationright in your own computer. Install antivirus and antimalware programs to secure your computer and never click on links that you haven’t heard of before.
Be vigilant on your activitiesLast but not the least, always check your credit card and phone bills for any unexplained activities. There are many people who are too busy to go over their credit card statement. They think that everything is fine and they have too many important things to attend to. If you find a transaction questionable, don’t be afraid to ask your credit card company. There are many cases where the victim could have detected the problem at the earlier stage and credit card statements can be a valuable source of information to check if you are already a victim
You can choose to become a victim or you can choose to be free from identity theft. Remember that when you are not vigilant enough you can become a victim yourself. You don’t have to worry about the ways to do it. As a start, you can try to follow the tips listed above. Decide not to become a victim and spread the word on protecting oneself from identity theft.