How to keep your personal information from getting stolen

Stolen identity can happen to anyone at any time.

In fact, a new report finds two-thirds of people will experience life-changing digital abuse.

There are a few simple things you can do to keep your personal information safe.

From widespread cyber attacks to fraudulent emails and texts, the web has many ways to grab what it needs from you. About 79% of internet users feel they have completely lost control of their personal data.

“As we evolve in technology it has become more and more of an issue,” said Regine Bonneau, CEO of RB Advisory and cyber security consultant.

How can you protect yourself?

First, download an identity protection system. Identity Guard, Identity Force and ID Shield rank in the top three, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Next, check your apps.

They can be used to bombard you with spam.

Some popular ones have come under fire for sharing your information.

Beware of opening weird emails to avoid phishing scams.

Finally, a simple step to keep you safe online is to update your devices regularly.

For more information:

Report identity theft and get a recovery plan – Federal Trade Commission 

USA.gov on identity theft 

Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information

Reporter:Rich Kolko
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