ID theft is a big news item that is too often ignored by the typical consumer. Until it happens to them. 

Less and less business is being transacted ‘face to face’. Your ‘electronic persona’ is all that is needed to buy and sell these days. Once it has been duplicated by an identity thief, your on-line double can rack up lots of debt and create credit problems that may take months or even years to clean up. 

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When people are purchasing online some items, they often forget that they are giving out their personal information and some of it is really valuable such as your credit card number. Well, you have to start understanding the importance of online shopping and that not every website is completely safe. There are a lot of fake websites that are created just to scam you, but usually, they are all shut down quickly, so most likely you will not find a fake one. However, there is a possibility that you will find a website that has a very poor security level and people with just a little effort can get in their customer database to steal private information from people.  

If you really want to avoid being a victim of such thing, then you have to follow our guide that you can find below in this article. We have put together some things that you need to pay more attention to in order to avoid making mistakes that can cost you a lot of money. 

How to safeguard your on-line credit:

  • Shop at reputable sites. 

The Internet is less like the modern mall and more like the ancient bazaar, where you had to watch your back at every turn. While even the most prestigious sites can be hacked, they will have security measures in place that will minimize the chance of this happening. They will also be more likely to help you straighten things out if something does go wrong. 

  • Don’t keep your credit card info and Social Security Number on your PC. 

While it may seem a handy place, if you get hacked, scanning programs can pick up the pattern of credit card numbers very easily. 

  • Use credit cards with good identity theft protection.  

This is a common feature of credit cards these days and is worth having. 

  • Beware of phishing  

Emails, web alerts and other ‘official’ notifications will arrive asking you to enter critical information, and they always have a good reason for asking. 

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They may claim to be from your bank working on a problem with your account, of from a vendor correcting an issue with product shipment. 

just remember, a bank or a reputable vendor will never ask you for secure information in an email. Really. They won’t. So, if they do, the they are probably not who you think they are. 

Report phishing attempts right away. Contact the organization that the message appears to be from and let them know about the attempt. 

  • Keep your Malware and Anti-Virus software up to date. 

Many ID thefts are done using software planted on your PC by an infected file or site. 

  • Beware of security alerts that are not from your installed security programs. These are often attempts to put identity theft programs on your PC. 
  • Monitor your credit card activity often. 

Make sure that you can identify all of the charges on your account and report any that you think might be fraudulent.  

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Keep a copy of any on line confirmations, either electronically or in print to help you remember just what you purchased. 

  • Run credit reports regularly. 

Make sure that you can identify all of the charges on your account and report any that you think might be fraudulent.  

Keep a copy of any on line confirmations, either electronically or in print to help you remember just what you purchased.  

  • Keep your credit card info handy. 

If your accounts are compromised, it is up to you to contact your bank, credit card companies, etc. to start the correction process. 

Remember, if a bill is in your name, it is up to you to prove that you didn’t really make the purchase. Until you do, you legally owe the money. So be careful out there. The Internet is an amazing but dangerous place.