A lot of people are curious about the entirety of identity theft. If you’ve pondered long and hard about this ‘elite’ crime, then rest assured that you are not alone. However, while a lot of people have heard of identity theft, not all of these people know exactly what it is. By definition, identity theft is the act of a certain individual to steal the personal information and details of another person and use it to commit illegal and fraudulent acts. You have to remember though that the ‘fraudulent acts’ referred by the previous statement does not limit itself to financial acts alone as there are a lot of identity thefts where the victim was arrested for crimes that were done by the identity thieves.
The advancement in the World Wide Web has not deterred, but actually increased, the cases of identity theft. As more and more people utilize the internet to pay their bills, purchase stocks and bonds, apply for loans and perform other financial transactions, more and more personal information infiltrated the internet and traveled endlessly into this virtual world.
Computer hackers pose a major threat. When they are able to pass through the backdoor and break into the secure (and insecure) websites, they are able access the files of that particular website including customer information and member details that are saved on the database.
In line with these concerns, one step that you can do to make yourself less attractive to identity thieves is to always use a secure connection whenever you need to key in your personal information.
If you do not know the difference between secure and unsecure connection, here are some tips can help you distinguish between the two:
1. A small closed lock at the lower right hand part of your browser will indicate that you are in a secure network. When you clicked on a page within the site and the lock is not visible anymore, then you’re on unsecure grounds.
2. In the address bar, notice that the “http” part of the web address will say “https” if you are inside a secure network. The “s” stands for security so when you see “https”, then that means that you can put in your personal details without being detected by an identity thief.
Of course, secure networks can still be hacked but that would prove to be more difficult than the usual pages. These secured networks use certain encryption mechanisms that will guarantee the security of their site. Taking this necessary precaution can lessen the chances of you being a victim of identity theft.
Needless to say, if you are in an unsecure network and you are asked to enter your personal information, then you will be risking your identity as these are unsecured sites where there is a higher risk of your identity being stolen.
Your identity is your best assets. Everyone can attest to that which is why it is an entity that we cannot let others steal or misuse by identity thieves. This can certainly create chaos in your life which will require more than 600 hours of our time just to be resolved.