11514588-how-can-prevent-online-identity-theftThere is a woman here in Singapore who dared to steal her sister’s identity card and credit cards. The woman made unauthorized deals on behalf of her sister. She forged documents to retract her sister’s insurance policies plus she used the name of her sister to apply for three phone subscriptions. The woman was apprehended and she pleaded guilty. The sentenced was announced on December 4, 2013. Because of her offences, she will spend twenty seven months in jail.

It is unusual for your sister to steal your identity but this happens. For people who are driven, the family ties do not matter. It is important that you know how to avoid identity theft. You can do the following things to strengthen your protection:

  • Digital security: Identity thefts happen in the internet. It is important that you fortify your digital security. The first thing that you need to do is choose strong PINs or passwords. You have to be careful with spyware, viruses, malware and other things that might harm your system.unnamed
  • Card security: When you are planning a trip to the ATM, you should be careful because there are people who will use that opportunity to get your details. You should block other’s view of the screen. When you key in your PIN, cover it with your hands.
  • Home security: If you have a shredding machine, you should use it. Documents and statements with important information should be shredded not thrown directly to the garbage can. If you are expecting snail mail, you need to protect it by getting a post office box.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you need to act immediately. Do not wait for that person to wreak havoc to your name. Call the authorities right away.