Identity theft is on the rise again and this time even children are being targeted. Protect Your Bubble is the 21st century’s answer to protecting ones identity.
Every three seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Bob Sullivan of NBC News stated, “ID theft on the rise again: 12.6 million victims in 2012, study shows.” A new Javelin Strategy and Research study indicate that there was a million more cases of identity theft in 2012 than there was in 2011.
Those are scary numbers that make protecting an identity even more important. Protect Your Bubble is a new kind of insurance that with a wide range of products including identity theft that offer protection in the fast changing, modern world.
Stephen Ebbett, President of Protect Your Bubble has created the top five ways to foil identity thieves.
Set a PIN for smartphones and tablets: Most people do not set PINs for smartphones, but with mobile phones and tablet devices increasingly used for activities such as banking and mobile wallet functions a secure PIN or password is essential.
Create strong passwords: Make sure you choose passwords that are hard to guess. Never use the name of your favorite sports team, children or pets for passwords, and don’t use family birthdays or anniversaries as PINs. This information may be readily available on social media. A combination of letters, numbers and symbols is best.
Be careful about the apps you use: If you use apps to manage online banking or financial accounts, be sure the app you use is from a trusted source. Scammers are adept at creating official looking apps to collect (and then misuse) data, so double check before downloading.
Make sure your network is secure: It’s tempting to use downtime at the coffee shop or airport lounge to check bank balances and pay bills online, but public WiFi networks are a haven for cybercriminals. It’s a good idea to wait until you’re connected securely to conduct business.
Frequently update mobile device software for maximum security: New cyber threats emerge daily, so it’s important to ensure your smartphone or tablet software if up to date. Make sure you have the latest protection against viruses and malware.
According to Stephen Ebbett, “protecting yourself from online identity theft isn’t that difficult. By taking commonsense precautions and thinking twice before transmitting sensitive data or allowing third parties access to your device, you can foil identity thieves.
For more information on Protect Your Bubble visit their website, www.ProtectYourBubble.com.
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