What precautions to you take to protect yourself from identity theft?

United States
September 10, 2011 12:36am CST
Technology based crimes are growing. Hackers are learning new ways to access your personal information. Identity theft ruins lives. Victims' lose their money, as well as cars and homes. Have any of you myLotters had your identity stolen? And, what are you doing to protect your identity??
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7 responses
• India
10 Sep 11
I read an article years ago,terrorists are using matrimonial sites and sites that provide jobs for making fake ID cards to get SIM cards for calling purpose.Because on these sites users normally give the true information with photos.There were some suggestions to use such sites .. - dont give your address give only your email to contact you. - Avoid uploading photographs and bio data.(because normally you have all the details in your bio data including your address) - dont upload your cv,resumes better type your info in dialog box,dont give your address. I am following it and I warn about it to users who are not aware of it. for safe password I use some manual techniques.
• India
10 Sep 11
thnx for very useful knowledge. but how can anyone find best matching from matrimonial if every details on that sites is not available.
• India
11 Sep 11
you can leave your contact number and email for further interaction.Its not going to be helpful though because profiles with photos get more responses.All leading matrimonial sites taking some safety measures like all profiles are not visible to everyone.
• India
10 Oct 11
Hello welcome to mylot Technology developes so fast, we have a say, as we move along branches, the hackers move along leaves, we need to be careful, i don't share my identity easily.. Thanks for sharing Best of luck. Professor
@GemmaR (8527)
11 Sep 11
I think that you just have to be really careful about the websites that you choose to put your details into. I will always make sure that people have written reviews about the website and made sure that it is legal and will pay you what they owe you. Also, I will have different passwords for all websites that I use online, and will never use any word or phrase that can be associated with me. All of my passwords are random strings of letters and numbers, which I think is good because then people can't really just guess. Also, you should do a virus check every week to make sure that you're safe from things which could take information from your computer which they could use to take the money from your online bank accont.
@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Sep 11
After hearing about this Script Kiddies thing it really does make one wonder about the technological ways to take ones identity. I change my passwords all the time. I use alot of numbers and letters so they are strong passwords and hard to figure out. I have been hacked into on AOL but not sense I left there.
@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
10 Sep 11
I never publish any personal information online which may have any adverse effect on my security and thanks God that so far I have not been a victim of identity theft.
@bagarad (7917)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I joined Lifelock to help protect myself. I try to have strong passwords on banking sites, and I have learned the signs of a phishing email and don't bit.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I try to protect myself but making sure to only give information to sites that I trust. I also make sure they are a secure site too.