Data Breaches: How To Safeguard Yourself From Scams

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Scams and hacks are, unfortunately, a common part of life now. With so many people online, it’s easy for your private information to fall into the wrong hands.

That means there is an increased risk of being a victim of identity theft or other scams. Personal information is required for various activities, such as opening a bank account or applying for a driver’s license.

The Optus and Medibank Private breaches resulted in the private data of millions of Australians being hacked and even published online. As data breaches become more common, Australians wonder how to protect their personal information better.

Although we cannot do much to stop large corporations from experiencing data breaches, there are ways to protect ourselves from identity theft, phishing, and fraud.

“The first line of defence against digital scams is to be aware of the risks and take steps to safeguard your personal information,” says Scott Giltner, an online security expert.

One fundamental way to protect yourself from scams is to keep your computer, and mobile devices secure with strong passwords and anti-virus software. This will help prevent hackers from stealing your information.

You should also be careful about what personal information you share online and avoid entering credit card or other sensitive details into unsecured websites.

“Another important step to protect yourself is to avoid providing sensitive information online unless you’re sure the website is legitimate,” says Giltner.

Ultimately, it’s impossible to prevent data breaches and scams completely. Still, by being aware of the risks and taking some simple steps, you can help protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

Finally, it is crucial to monitor your financial accounts regularly so that you can quickly spot any suspicious activity. With these tips, you can protect yourself from scams and identity theft.

Overall, there are steps we can all take to better protect our personal information from scams and hacks. By staying vigilant and taking these simple precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from cybercriminals.

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