Attitude Adjustment: When it comes to identity theft, drop the ‘not me’ mentality

With the number of identity theft cases growing by the day and millions being affected around the world, you’d assume that the masses would do more than just take notice and go about their day as if fraud headlines really aren’t worth reading.
That thinking couldn’t be further from the truth.

Ask a few executives at Target how they feel about security as it relates to online protection, and they’ll tell you just how important it is to protect your identity. But for some reason, not everyone is heeding the advice.

Most of that centers on the general population adopting a “can’t happen to me” ideology when it comes to identity theft, sort of the same temperament we take when it comes to sending a text and driving or getting caught speeding on the highway.

You always assume you’re wise enough to avoid pratfalls and mistakes when it actuality you aren’t. Identity theft particularly puts a bull’s eye on your back since you’re not only at the mercy of savvy, technologically smart hackers but also your propensity to pretend like hacking isn’t something you have to worry about at all times.

These missteps might include throwing away those annoying credit card applications with shredding them or leaving your computer logged into your email or online banking and forgetting to log off each time. And as long as you have the shredder out, you might want to think about doing just that to bank statements, receipts, old tax forms or anything that has your social security number clearly marked.

Some people assume that just because you tear paperwork in half that thieves won’t dig through garbage to find anything that can help them in their cause when it comes to identity theft; actually, that’s exactly what they’ll do.

You’ll also want to pay attention to your email in terms of the user name and password. A lot of time, carelessness abounds when it comes to email as most assume no one is interested in seeing your back and forth messages about your upcoming fantasy football draft.

But ask yourself: have you ever paid a bill online? Chances are, you have and thus your email can be a prime spot for hackers to land and wreak havoc.

Typically what ails you when it comes to identity theft is either ignoring it outright or not paying much attention to it because you keep telling yourself you’re doing everything to avoid it. Maybe you are, but you might want to take at least another glance at your habits moving forward.