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Stay clear of sending sensitive data across public Wi-Fi networks
As Europol recently warned, public Wi-Fi networks are, by nature, not secure. However, as we sit in Starbucks and browse the Web, check our email or log in to Facebook, security is often far off our list of priorities.
For hackers who monitor free networks or set up similarly-named hotspots to dupe users in to connecting before grabbing sensitive data including account information, passwords or financial details, such services are easy game.
In addition, keep in mind that public computers can have software installed on them which monitor you or your keystrokes without your knowledge.
Use double verification systems
It might take a little longer, but using double verification methods can prevent accounts being accessed if you fall prey to a phishing campaign or your original password is guessed.
PayPal and Google, for example, allow you to link your account with your mobile device. In the case of the former, you must input your password as well as a code sent to your mobile in order to access your account.
Shred documents while at home
Banking statements and utility bills all display personal, sensitive information that give "dumpster divers" dollar signs in their eyes. People are not below wading through your garbage in order to get their hands on this data, which can then be used to fake your identity, steal it, or potentially access your accounts.
In addition, pre-approved credit card offers could be used by thieves for applying for credit at a different address -- potentially wrecking your credit score and leaving you with the bill further down the line.
The solution? Invest in a shredder.
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