TRAFFIC ALERT: Lengthy backup on North I-5 through Tacoma after multiple morning crashes
Health officials contacting up to 100 people who may have had contact with Texas Ebola patient

6 tips for avoiding devastating ID theft

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

SEATTLE — Social media can be a powerful networking tool, and connects people in unprecedented ways.

But crooks are also using it, to take your money.

Users lost more than $780 million to internet crime last year, the Internet Crime Complaint Center reports. That’s up nearly half from the year before.

So how can you keep yourself safe online?

The Better Business Bureau has these tips: 

  • Post with care. Avoid sharing private information publicly. Steer clear of posting birthdates, family names and relatives’ information online.
  • Check privacy policies. Read and understand how websites use information they collect and be sure it’s never sold to an outside party.
  • Keep guard. Games, quizzes and surveys are fun, but if they require entering personal information, don’t respond and stop playing.
  • Click with caution. Avoid following links that are unsolicited, even if they appear on a social media page. One wrong click could lead to unwanted sites or add malware to a computer.
  • Block the fakes. Beware of fake social media profiles that appear to be using the names of friends. Be cautious about “friending” people.
  • Strengthen passwords. Change passwords frequently, at least once every six months. Use long phrases, numbers and a symbol to help prevent hackers gaining access to accounts.

1 Comment

  • DuhNigreus

    Why feature a photo of a White guy for this story? Kinda looks like Edward Snowden, but he’s not known to have stolen anyone’s personal information.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s