Cyber security: How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Cyber security: How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft



 Identity theft can be overwhelming. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information, such as your name, social security number, date of birth, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Here are simple ways to protect yourself online and with your cell phone.

Using Credit and Debit Cards:

  • Make sure machines are not tampered with by checking to see if they have a proper ATM reader
  • Make sure that there is a security seal on the gas pumps so you know it’s not tampered with.
  • Conceal your pin when typing at a ATM or mobile store ATM
  • Make sure the ATM does not have anything on the machine that you do not recognize.

Security seal example down below.

Online Shopping

  • When you shop online make sure you are using a secure website that shows that it is HTTPS:// or the lock symbol or so you know that your information is secured/Encrypted
  • Never save your credit card and or bank account information on a web site, always enter it every time you make a purchase so your information is not stolen.
  • When you’re using shopping Apps like Amazon or eBay, always download the from the ITunes App store or Google play store so you know it is trusted and has the latest security updates.

For example see image below.


Protecting Your Information from Hackers

  • Make sure you have updated antivirus on your smart phone or computer.
  • Encrypt/Protect your devise on android; iOS is automatically encrypted/Protected. *Learn How to encrypt your android*
  • Make sure you make a 4PIN passcode minimum of 6 Character with uppercase and lower case numbers and symbols combination.
  • When you are using, public Wi-Fi use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) so your internet traffic is encrypted/Protected

Recommended free VPN for android:

  • Hotspot shield, Wi-Fi protector, —through Google Play store



What is HealthShack? HealthShack

HealthShack™, is the place to keep life records – everything from your birth certificate to social security card to medical history. It’s a secure and simple-to-use site developed for youth like us, by youth like us, to store documents that are super important, yet easy to lose.