3 Common Cybersecurity Mistakes that Can Lead to Identity Theft

Identity theft is a growing threat in 2022.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the incidence of cybercrime has increased exponentially. Just one type, identity fraud, increased by over 1,600% in 2020 alone.

Still, many of us continue making basic cybersecurity mistakes that throw the door wide open for identity thieves. Here are the three most common of these mistakes – and how to avoid them.

Leaving Your Social Media Profiles on Public 

The first major step towards identity theft prevention is to set your social media profiles to private. Make sure that only a select number of people have access to your personal information.

Public profiles on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter offer unlimited ammo for cybercriminals. From answers to common security questions (Your mom’s maiden name? Your first pet?) to personal details like birthdays, all the information is at their fingertips.

In addition, having detailed knowledge of your social contacts also gives hackers all the weapons they need for a spear-phishing attack. This means that they specifically target a phishing email to you.

For instance, you could receive a mail from a “colleague” asking you to fill out a survey to fix a date for their birthday party. In reality, though, the link you

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