One of the most important things any individual can do to help protect their identity is to find out more about the different types of identity theft. More to the point, it’s important to understand what it is that cyber thieves might do with your information and your accounts
Each year in October, the National Cybersecurity Alliance plays host to an important month-long program, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This program provides individuals, businesspeople, policymakers, and law enforcement with education on the latest trends in securing sensitive data, as well offers vital information recognizing and combatting cybercrime.
There are so many ramifications of being a victim of identity theft and fraud, including lost income, lost time from work trying to resolve the matter, even lost relationships with people close to you. The Identity Theft Resource Center’s annual Identity Theft: The Aftermath 2016 report shows the financial, emotional, and even physical toll that this crime takes on its victims.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to educate consumers about the need to secure their data, and the National Cybersecurity Alliance has provided different themes for each week of the month-long October campaign. This week, NCSAM is helping consumers to learn how to recognize and combat cybercrime.
Identity theft is not a new crime, but the way it takes shape changes almost daily. As new technology and new methods of attack crop up, consumers, advocates, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers have to work overtime to keep up.
Ten Easy Steps to Preventing Identity Theft
There are a lot of factors that go into preventing identity theft, and many of them are out of the consumers’ control.
Most of us probably don’t count tax return season as our favorite time of year, and new changes to the way the IRS processes refunds might even make it more annoying for some of us. The agency has announced that it expects to delay the issuance of taxpayers’ refunds next year in anticipation of stricter oversight.