Don’t Assume Your Identity Will Never Get Stolen
No matter how careful you are with your personal information, never assume that you are immune to identity theft. According to a recent report, 47% of Americans experienced financial identity theft in 2020.  That’s nearly half of all adults, and that only includes the cases of identity theft that were properly reported. There could be other cases that were either never reported or never even discovered.
There is so much data in today’s world that it’s impossible to keep yourself completely safe, but by understanding the risk of fraud, you can grasp how important it is to follow these and other cybersecurity tips.
Use a VPN When Using Wi-Fi to Increase Data Protection
A virtual private network (or VPN) can help keep you safe when you’re browsing the web on Wi-Fi. A VPN creates an encrypted connection between your computer and the VPN server, meaning that all your internet usage is routed through this connection. Most VPN servers actually have multiple layers of encryption to help keep you and your information safe. Signing up for a VPN is easy and you can set one up on both your mobile device and your computer. Check out these comprehensive instructions from The Verge, a popular technology publication.
VPNs also mask your IP address (which indicates where you are located and provides information about your computer) and personal information.
We live in a very connected world, and it’s more important than ever to protect your information and your family’s information. Staying safe online and practicing these tips will help prevent you from falling victim to increasing identity theft scams.