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5 Security Precautions You Should Always Take

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With less face to face interactions occurring these days, fraud and identity theft is easier than ever to commit. To avoid falling victim to identity theft and online scams, you need to take certain safety precautions to protect your personal information. 

Create Complex Passwords 

The more complex your passwords are, the more secure your online accounts will be. Hackers often use sophisticated tools and automated machine attacks to determine passwords, so the more complicated you make them, the harder it will be to crack your code and gain access to your confidential information.

Install Security Software

Install anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer and mobile phone to protect you from intrusions that can infect your computer and access your personal and confidential information. Security patches should also be regularly installed to keep your security software up to date. 

Don’t Share Personal Info 

You should never provide your personal information or credit card details over the internet unless you know the person you are dealing with and they have a secure, encrypted line. Even if you receive an email from a company you know and trust, never send your confidential information until you can verify the caller’s identity. Also, avoid posting or sharing anything in relation to your address, age, phone number or personal information on your social media. Hackers and scam artists could use that information to gain access to your bank accounts and guess answers to the security questions. 

Only Use Secure WiFi

Free public WiFi can be used by hackers to gain access to your computer or phone. Information sent across unsecure wireless networks can also be easily intercepted. If you can’t avoid using free WiFi, install a VPN. A VPN will scramble the data before it is sent over a public server, making it unreadable to hackers. It also protects your browsing history, location settings, and the passwords you enter that are otherwise on full view to the internet service provider on a public domain.

Do Your Research

If you start meeting people online in chat rooms or dating sites, it’s important to do some background research to ensure they are who they say they are. Google searching their name and pictures, checking their social media presence, and even arranging a background check can help keep you stay safe from an online scam. 

Hackers and online scam artists are focused on one thing and one thing only – obtaining your personal data so they can steal your identity and access your bank accounts. Don’t let yourself become victim to an online scam that could leave you bankrupt. If you believe your personal information has been stolen or is at threat, contact us at the Smith Investigation Agency today. 

About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Founder of The Smith Investigation Agency in 2014, Whitney Joy Smith’s extensive background as a private investigator is matched only by her passion for the role. A graduate of several respected institutions, including Northwest Florida State College and George Brown College, her early years in life were spent between Canada and the United States. This education, along with her formative years as a private investigator in various agencies, informed much of her knowledge of private investigative laws, regulations, and operating standards in both countries.

The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, including the Consumers Choice Award, Best in Ottawa, and many others, Whitney takes pride in working closely with her ever-growing agency to raise the bar, maintain compliance, and meet the investigative needs of clients. Whitney is active in various membership and supporting roles, including the CPIRC, CBN, CAPI, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Her experience-driven, thought-provoking articles have been featured in everything from Readers Digest to Business News Daily, and she strives to continually redefine standards for those in the private investigative and security fields. Learn more about Whitney and the team at The Smith Investigation Agency today.