What is Identity Theft? (and How to Prevent It)
There’s no denying that identity theft is on the rise in the UK. In 2016, the number of victims of identity theft was 57% greater than that of the previous year, with more than 85% of these instances taking place online. As the numbers continue to rise it becomes more important that people learn how to prevent falling victim to identity theft online. What exactly is identity theft and what can you do to prevent it?
How to prevent identity theft
Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to make it much less like likely that you will fall victim of identity theft. First of all, be careful about what you share online and check the privacy settings on all your social media accounts to make sure you are not sharing any information with strangers. Secondly, only use your credit card on websites you trust and be aware than no legitimate website would ever ask you to send your sensitive information over email.
Using a VPN to prevent identify theft
Finally, one of the best things you can do in order to prevent identity theft is to download a VPN. A VPN is a type of software that changes your IP address and encrypts all your information so that no one will be able to hack into your connection and steal your private information. Using a VPN is especially vital if you regularly use private wifi networks and don’t want to wait until you’re home to buy things online. Plus the cool thing about VPNs is that you can also change what location it appears you are accessing the web from, meaning you can use it to unblock sites such as streaming sites that are restricted where you are. At ZenMate we’ve created a VPN for both your laptop and mobile, head over to our product page to check them out now.