Protecting your Digital Identity

What is a Digital Identity?

Your Digital Identity is how you and your information are displayed across the internet. It may include your online usernames and passwords, personal details like your date of birth, address, family members, social security number, driver’s license or passport numbers, credit card information, and medical history.

Remember, everything you share online can be exploited by the bad guys who make a living gaining control of your accounts. Be vigilant when sharing any personal information online, especially on your social media channels, and always set up extra layers of security to protect who has access to you and your information.

How and where is my digital identity shared?

Without even realizing it, consumers voluntarily share personal information on social media platforms, mobile apps, online searches and purchases, and more. Third parties can be included on the list of how your information is available online.

Tips to Protect Your Data

  1. Multi-Factor Authentication.

    It’s a good practice to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) when possible. You can set it up virtually for most online accounts, and it just adds an extra layer of security to keep your information secure. Multi-factor authentication is one method to verify it’s really you accessing your info. It’s usually set up with your username, password, and a one-time passcode that can be received over the phone, through a text message, or using an authenticator app.

  2. Accessing Public Wi-Fi.

    Always think about what you’ll be doing when you connect to public Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop. Will you be logging into your online banking? If so, you may want to consider waiting to check your bank account balance until you are safely and securely connected to your home Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi connections can be an easy way for bad guys to steal your information.

  3. Create Strong Passwords.

    We can’t say this enough, it’s best to use a different password for all of your online accounts, and remember that your passwords should not contain easily obtainable information such as a spouse, child, or pet’s name. Fraudsters scour the internet and social media to find valuable information that can be used to attack your Digital Identity.

  4. Social Media Posting.

    Always be cautious when posting personal information on social media platforms or public websites. Think before you geotag photos or videos with your location. You may be inviting the bad guys to know where you live, which can give them greater access to your information.

  5. Keep Software Updated.

    Keep your software on your computers and mobile devices updated regularly. Software companies often release patches to potential vulnerabilities that could be an easy in for a bad guy to gain access to your device. Fraudsters know this and are looking for ways to capture and steal your data.