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Personal information is currency in the underground world of cybercrime

Our digital devices hold much of our personal data, serving as one of our most valuable assets. Over the years, many of us have formed bad habits that could enable criminals to easily hack into our personal and financial information. #Password #onlinerisk #CyberCrime#OnlineDanger #internet

Here are five online habits that put you at risk of identity theft, plus tips on how to can prevent this from happening.
1. RISK: Using the same password for multiple accounts
First things first: if you’re using the same old password for all your accounts – this needs to change!
– Make passwords hard-to-guess
– Password managers

2. RISK: Online banking via public Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi is convenient but some networks are more secure than others. Be wary of the tempting ‘Free Wi-Fi’ hotspot which could have been set up by online criminals to access personal details.

3. RISK: Oversharing on social media
Social media is the new criminal hotspot where hackers can easily access your personal information.
– Check your privacy settings
– Think before you share

4. RISK: Being too liberal with online shopping
Online shopping is the new normal for its simplicity and convenience. But it’s also simple and convenient for cyber criminals to tap into your details online.

5. RISK: Ignoring computer software updates
Those software update pop up notifications may be annoying, but they’re very important. Make it difficult for identity thieves to access your personal information by following these security tips:
– Regularly update your operating system
– Invest in antivirus software

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