How to Prevent Identity Theft

Though identity theft isn’t that common in Asia unlike in America, it is still important for people to take preventive measures when it comes to securing your identity. If you know how to secure your personal information sensibly, then eventually there’ll be no such crimes anymore.

Method 1 of 5: Strengthening Your Digital Security

  1. Choose good passwords and PINs. Choose words and numbers that no one would be able to guess even if they were privy to other parts of your personal information. Or, use words and numbers that are familiar to you, but disguise them in a hard-to-guess code, like the Vigènere Cipher. There are even randomly-generated password programs online that will provide virtually unbreakable, or uncrackable passwords. Other good habits to get into include:
  •     Don’t use the same password for all of your accounts. Vary the passwords from account to account.
  •     Avoid easily guessed PINs like birth dates, common numerical sequences, phone number, the last four digits of your social security number, etc.
  •     Good passwords will include capital and small letters, numbers and characters, and be at least 8 characters long.


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