If you’re checking your bank account stats at your local Starbucks or posting online photos of your pretty new credit card, it’s time to rethink your life. Each year, approximately 12 million Americans become victims of identity theft, which is increasingly prevalent on the Web. Don’t think that it can’t happen to you; it’s important for everyone to practice caution.
The first line of defense against online identity theft is good security software. Surprisingly, 5 percent of Internet users don’t use a security program. If you fall into this category, it’s time to download a viable defense for your computer.
In today’s world, it’s important to stay vigilant, an adage that applies to surfing the Internet. Modern thieves know how to make an information-phishing site look like an actual online store. If you come across a website that refuses your credit card but asks that you write an online check, you can be certain it’s a scam to obtain your banking information.