You’ve probably seen the news recently regarding the celebrity hacking scandal. A ring of hackers attacked the private information of some high profile celebrities and politicians including Michelle Obama, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The fact that even wealthy famous people aren’t immune to identity theft has left Americans worried about their own safety.
While it doesn’t seem like these hackers are interested in attacking the regular Joe Schmoe’s out there, the fact that there are extremely smart and ruthless hackers out there is very scary.
The hackers didn’t actually hack anything. Using private information, the celebrity hackers were able to pretend to be the victims and then obtain a legitimate credit report from a free report site credit. The private social security numbers, credit reports, addresses and phone numbers of more than a handful of celebrities and politicians were then posted online for the whole world to see.
What does this mean for you?
In 2012, 12.6 million US adults were victims of identity theft. You aren’t immune. Whether you’re a celebrity or not, protecting your identity has become more and more essential in today’s technology-driven world. There are some essential ways to protect yourself and your private information. As an identity theft services provider, we’ve put together 3 important identity protection tips that you should follow:
1. Become best friends with a shredder: Identity theft doesn’t happen solely online. There are still old school criminals that will go through your garbage to get your private information. If you don’t shred all sensitive documents, you are putting your identity at risk. Shred all documents containing private information including anything from utility bills to bank statements. Better safe than sorry!
2. Look for the “S”: When entering private information such as addresses, social security numbers and credit card numbers, only do so on sites that begin with “https” and not just “http”. The “S” means it’s a secure site and your information is protected.
3. Get Identity Theft Protection-Identity theft service providers, such as us at Protect Your Bubble, offer affordable protection that empowers you to take control. You’ll get email notifications if someone uses your information to open a new account and Protect Your Bubble monitors all three credit bureaus to keep a close eye on what’s happening with your private information. If you are a victim of identity theft, you can trust in Protect Your Bubble to resolve the issues that arise including cancelling credit cards, helping you submit legal statements, and investigating bank fraud. The resolution services also extend to members of your household and go beyond simple credit monitoring. For example: what would you do if open your mailbox one day and see an invoice for a medical procedure you do not recognize? Protect Your Bubble will jump in and begin clearing things up for you immediately.
With identity theft protection, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s better to focus on preventing identity theft, rather than trying to deal with it once it happens. Following the above tips will help keep your private information safe and you’ll be less likely to deal with identity theft issues like the celebrity hacking victims are currently dealing with.