Five tips to safeguard your personal information

It has been reported that the number of identity theft victims has raised by almost a third in the U.K.Five tips to safeguard your personal information Criminals are increasingly using internet forums to buy and sell data. It is extremely important that people located in all countries (not just the U.K.), take action to prevent falling victim. John Culkin, Crown’s Director of Information, offers tips to safeguard your personal information.

  1. Don’t click on any links emailed from organizations you don’t deal with, especially if they ask you to enter your account details.
  2. When loading apps on to your cell phone, take a moment to consider what information that app actually requires. Does a game really need to access your contacts or camera?
  3. Check the privacy settings on all your social media accounts. Facebook is frequently used to log in to a variety of accounts and services but few people use the ‘privacy check-up’. It’s also worth going one step further and checking out the ‘see more setting options’. You may be surprised at what you find. Do you really want strangers seeing all your posts and details?
  4. Get into the habit of not sharing your details with third parties even when it’s requested. The more places your details are held, the more likely they are to be stolen.
  5. It’s been said a million times but to really protect your passwords, make sure your security software is up-to-date – especially antivirus software.