Six Easy Methods You Can Use to Protect Your Identity

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“Roughly 15 million people have their identities stolen every year in the United States, with each person loosing an average of $3,500.” This is very crazy and scary number of people. It makes me kind of not even want to put any of my personal information online when shopping or paying bills online. Because it is an huge chance that someone can steal it. With the holidays right around the corner, more and more people will be shopping online. Be very careful on what you put on certain websites! Make sure you take the proper steps necessary to protect your identity.

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According to the article, that my fellow blogger posted on twitter that is shown above, there are 6 easy methods that can be used to protect your identity.

  1.  Password Protection: Try to make a password that is unique! Easy passwords like 12345 or 1111 are easy for people to figure out if they are trying to break into an account.  
  2. Choosing a Password: This method is just like the first method. Make sure that your password is unique. If you need another password for another site, try to switch the numbers up a little.  
  3.  Protecting your mail: If you have emails that contain any of your personal information like bank account numbers, try to delete them so that no one can get into your email and see that important information.  
  4. Beware of “Charities”: Never give your personal information over the phone or on the internet to a company that you never heard of. This can be a scam to get free money from you or get your information.
  5. Public Wifi Networks: Never use public networks. That is the easiest way to get hacked.  
  6. Disposing of Electronics: Erase all of your data from your old electronics before you throw it out or give it away.

Hopefully, you use these tips. As, Christmas is approaching this is the best time that scammers will try to scam you. Protect yourself the right way!

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Intel and the PasswordBox

Another blogger, Chelsea Ray, recently posted this article to twitter..

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This article was all about Intel Security Software purchasing and combining with a program called PasswordBox, to enhance their security. This got me curious as to what PasswordBox was exactly, and how it worked.

Take a second and think about your life on the internet. All together, how many forms of social media and communication mechanisms do you belong to? If you’re anything like me – or most people as I can imagine – you have a Facebook, a twitter, a blog, a gmail account, a yahoo account, a hotmail account, I manage my bills, I mange my banking and finances, and the list goes on. The number of passwords I need to keep track of is ridiculous, and to be honest, would be quite impossible to manage if I didn’t write them down. When I think about it, I do write all my passwords down – so what exactly is the point? Not only do we have to keep track of all of these passwords to secure our information, but we can’t even make them all the same because each site asks for different specific password requirements.

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PasswordBox is a program that allows it’s users to log into these websites and even apps without having to manually type in your password every single time you go to visit. It helps users create passwords that are still secure and complex without them having to always remember them. Over the past year PasswordBox has grown in popularity with almost 14 million downloads, and why not? Almost sounds too good to be true. Let’s have the software – free software – keep me secure, I won’t have to remember a thing. It also allows you to pass along your digital legacy to friends or family if something were to ever happen to you.

However is this a good thing? Although the program claims to be complete secure and just teamed up with a profound company, it’s scary to think that we rely on a computer program to keep track of all of our credentials and passwords for us. You hear about programs and softwares being hacked all the time. One slip up and a hacker could have everyone of your passwords and accounts. So who makes this call? Many positive reviews have been out there about the PasswordBox, and here is a very informative YouTube Video I found on PasswordBox. You make this call!