Identity Theft – Rule of Thumb (assuming its still yours)
Posted by Credit Monarch on September 26th, 2015
Hackers attacked the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) database. More then 5.6 million fingerprints exposed. Personal identity theft is becoming a real threat now more then ever.
Recent cyber security breach in the OPM’s, database had left millions at an actual risk of identity theft and is estimated to reach 21.5 million records. The data that was obtained by the hackers included names, addresses, social security numbers, financial, health, and bio-metric data. What was initially thought to be, a small scale security breach later became clear to be one of the largest cyber attacks on US official offices.
OPM Spokesman tried to lessen the importance of the fingerprint theft by announcing that the hacker’s capability to use such data in a harmful manner is “Limited for the time being”. However, OPM acknowledges that it might become a risk factor, the more technology advances and when fingerprints will be used more widely as a form of identification. OPM also announced that they will be lunching programs to provide identity theft protection to some of the individuals that could be affected by this recent cyber attack.
Here are a few roles of thumb to help protect you from identity theft.
- Beware of non-secured websites, online forms, phone apps etc’ as they can easily be breached and can compromise your personal data.
- Memorize your social security number and keep you social security card in a safe place.
- Spam and computer viruses can also pose a risk for your personal data, stored on your computer or handheld devices.
- Overall vigilance – always be aware of who has your personal information and make sure it is safe.
- Use an identity theft protection service, today such services are much more affordable and can even provide you with real time monitoring
- Do not share sensitive information, such as social security number, credit cards number bank accounts etc’ via Email / SMS etc’.
We thank you for taking the time to read our article about identity theft protection. We hope that the information provided here WILL NOT be useful for anyone and please; stay safe from such threats, as you can see it can really affect anyone.