Technology has advanced so much more over the past century than it has in any other point in history, bringing with it medical, scientific, educational, and industrial breakthroughs never seen before or even imagined. The number of resources that are now available to the average person simply by having access to the internet is unheard of before in history, and allows for work to be done faster, news to reach more people more quickly, and in general, a far more productive society.
With this advancement in technology comes inherent risks, however, that everyone and every corporation, university, government, or other entity must take into account. It is easier than ever to make a purchase online and have an item delivered to your doorstep the next day, but it is also easier than ever for someone with bad intentions to be able to hack into a website and get access to your financial information after making that purchase. There are many ways to prevent identity theft, and one of them is making sure that any site you are using has proper SSL certificates that are up to date and displayed publicly on their website. Any company that values its customer service and reputation will be very careful about keeping their security up to date and trying to stay ahead of new advancements in hacking.
Another less common but perhaps helpful tool for you to protect your own identity is to purchase their own domain name, and maintain their own website. Combined with setting up news alerts on your own name, you can help control the amount of information that is being put out into the world with your name on it. Establishing an online presence for yourself will also keep you more in tune with technology as changes are made every day. If you want to use that site for any additional purposes such as buying or selling items, it is critical that you too as an individual purchase SSL certificates for your domain name. By having this already purchased and in place, you will be ready at a moment’s notice if you have any activity on your site that you need to keep secure.
It is vitally important in today’s day and age that every individual learn how to use the internet responsibly, and make sure that they keep on top of their own information. Companies are just as responsible for securing financial, medical, educational, or other types of information, but individuals need to be very careful about how much of their information they put out into the open, and to whom they are providing private and protected information. Criminals get more and more sophisticated every day, and the internet is full of opportunities for them to steal a person’s identity. It could happen quickly, and one would not even know if they were not actively monitoring their accounts. That is another tip that will help you stay aware: on a daily basis, monitor your accounts and your websites, making sure that nothing looks suspicious. If it does, it is time to report it to the police.