Identity Theft Part 2: Internet Security

In May we posted this News post about rising Identity Fraud in the UK, and concentrated on physical documents. Today’s news post from us concentrates on Internet Security, and creating good habits to transfer between home and the workplace.

We have created a new PDF and Article for our Download Centre, which you can download and share with your colleagues, or to display at your workplace.The PDF is based on a new article by Fife Today: Identity theft in the UK rises by a third.

The article explains that due to the rise in internet use, Identity fraud is changing and adapting to the new technologies:

Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Clark, from City of London Police, said:

“Identity fraud is at the heart of much of today’s criminality, acting as a key facilitator for a host of other types of offences.

“To stop this from happening we must all take responsibility for protecting our personal information, especially when working and playing online.

“By following some simple procedures, such as creating strong passwords, protecting internet connected devices with up-to-date security software and not sharing too much personal information online, we can make life much more difficult for the identity fraudsters and ensure fewer of us fall victim to what is a highly disruptive and upsetting crime.” of identity crime in 2014 per thousand people by local authority. Source: Cifas 2015

Victims of identity crime in 2014 per thousand people

by local authority. Source: Cifas 2015

The article, and our PDF, give tips for Online Security:

  • Exclude important personal information from your social media accounts.
  • Check your social media account privacy settings, including on all your mobile devices.
  • Protect your online passwords and make them strong.​
  • Watch out for ‘phishing’ emails​ – if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
  • Keep your communications networks secure, e.g. Wi-Fi.​
  • Check for the https:// when visiting websites – the ‘s’ stands for secure.​
  • Keep a close eye on your bank statements.​