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Posted on October 17, 2017 by in Personal, Identity & Privacy

If you’re like most consumers, you’re likely overwhelmed by the increasing number of data breaches.  Knowing how to protect yourself or what to do if your identity is stolen is a challenge, especially since technology is always changing. This is all very important in the wake of the Equifax data breach. If you have a credit score, you are a potential victim.

According to the Equifax, 143 million of us were affected by the recent data breach, and the majority of us have no idea what to do about it. Furthermore, in the first part of 2017, there were an astonishing 1.9 BILLION, not million, but billion, records exposed via data breaches. That is only within six months, and it’s right on par with 2016 where 4 billion records were compromised.

Here’s the reality though: many people are confused, frustrated, and frightened. However, these cyber-attacks have become so common that people are also quite apathetic about it. This, of course, is extremely dangerous. There are other issues, too, though. Another study shows that computer users experience a phenomenon called “security fatigue.” In other words, they want nothing to do with computer security at all, and they get annoyed with all of the rhetoric from security experts constantly issuing warnings or providing advice. As you can imagine, these are the people who are at a very high risk of becoming victims.

Cyber Attacks are More Commonplace Than Ever Before

It should not be surprising that cyber attacks are becoming more commonplace than ever before. Thus, the instances of identity theft are quickly on the rise, too. Internet fraud plays a huge role in this. However, it’s not just bad passwords and human error that are causing this; it’s the simple lack of people wanting to do anything about it. If you think it can’t happen to you, you are wrong. 

Don’t Let Security Fatigue Get The Best of You. Protect Yourself. 

Protecting yourself online doesn’t need to be hard. In fact, here are 7 easy ways to do it: 

  • Download a website checker that lets you know if a site is dangerous. These browser based toolbars let you know if a site is safe or if it should be avoided.
  • Use a password manager to keep your passwords safe. Using a different password for each site is critical.
  • Get identity theft protection through your bank, employer, or other organization. Protecting your identity isn’t easy, but an identity theft protection service can significantly help relieve some of the burden.
  • Set up text alerts and two-factor authentication on all of your accounts.
  • Freeze your credit so scammers can’t open new lines of credit in your name. Freezing your credit, along with enrolling in an identity theft protection service, offers a couple of extra layers of security.
  • Learn more about common cyber scams. Whether phishing, scareware, remote assistance scams, or ransomware, letting your guard down because of security fatigue will get you in trouble.

One of the biggest takeaways you want to consider about this is that cyber scams and identity theft don’t just affect you: they can affect your family, your friends, and even your coworkers. Overcoming security fatigue and implementing some of these tips could mean the difference between protecting your identity and having all of your personal information fall into the wrong hands.