Protect yourself from online identity theft

Karen Stiles

Protect yourself from online identity theft

By Karen Stiles. CREATED Mar 19, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Could you become a victim of online identity theft known as doxxing?
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What is the difference between hacking and doxxing?

Hacking occurs when someone gains access to your personal computer, e-mail or social media accounts.

Doxxing occurs when someone uses your personal information such as social security numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information to access information about you online.

This could include accessing credit reports, bank accounts, or tax returns.

How would you know if your were a victim of identity theft?

You might receive strange bills, collection notices, be denied credit, or experience a problem with the filing of a tax return.

What are some things we can do to protect ourselves from having this happen?

Use secure passwords that include letters, numbers and symbols and change these frequently.

If given the option, use security questions that yield answers that are not easy for others to figure out such as the name of your first pet or first grade teacher, or your great aunt's date of birth.

Be careful about what you post online, especially on social media accounts or in a relative's obituary.

Criminals could use this information to answer security questions about you, such as mothers maiden name, schools you attended, family and friends names, pet's names, etc.

You may not be able to completely protect yourself from security breaches, but it is important that you take measures to secure and monitor your personal information and accounts.