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How To Prevent Holiday Identity Theft

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large

I stumbled across this article related to ID theft, and wanted to share it with you. Now that the 2015 holiday shopping season is upon us, and Cyber Monday just a few days away, it is a good time, once again, to address the matter of identity theft.

2015-11-28_8-35-06The article is not long, and what I particularly like about it is that it discusses protecting oneself against unwanted online intrusion from the standpoint of mindset, rather than specific tactics. Don’t get me wrong…the specific, “mechanical” measures you take to protect yourself are important, of course, but perhaps even more important is your overall approach to keeping yourself safe online.

One of the great points made in the article is that you have little to fear in the way of trouble if you’re smart about how you go about your business online. In other words, you don’t have to avoid going online altogether to drastically lower your risk of ID theft – you just have to keep your head about you.

One of the key pieces of advice here is to “make data privacy an attitude, rather than a one-time checklist.” Bingo. Yes, the specific steps you take to better-secure yourself are important, but unless your overall posture prioritizes self-protection, chances are you won’t actually take any of those steps.

As for those specific steps, a resource you should certainly find helpful is an ebook called The Patriot Privacy Kit. It provides a wealth of useful information on how to stay safe online, including how to secure your computer hardware and software platforms, how to be a good steward of your all-important passwords, and how to use email more securely. This ebook also looks at what you need to know to be safe as a regular user of social media, including the ubiquitous Facebook, and also includes great information on how to secure your sensitive information offline (even in this “Internet age,” most ID theft still takes place that way, from the compromise of documents in a physical form). Something else - The Patriot Privacy Kit comes with a fantastic money-back guarantee, which means you can read and use the information through and through…and if you’re still not satisfied, you can get all of your money back, with no fuss. How great is that?

Stay safe this shopping season, as well as during all other seasons. Change your outlook, and get serious with both your strategy and tactics. If you want to learn more about The Patriot Privacy Kit, Click Here.