Updated: July 16, 2015
Identity theft is the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually used for financial gain.
Globally, over 15 million people become victims of identity theft every year, which results to over $50 billion in damages.
If you own a smartphone, and very active in social media, then you have to be careful with the information that you save in your mobile device, and what you share online.
I know a friend who has his ATM PIN saved in the notepad of his smartphone. This is dangerous because if her bag gets stolen, then the thief will be able to withdraw money from his bank account.
But the phone has a PIN code anyway, right?
Well, the unlock code of her smartphone is her birthday, which is printed on her driver’s license inside her wallet.
And if you think the damage that can be done stops from there, you’re wrong. Because an unlocked smartphone will not give the thief access to your social media accounts.
As you should realize, you can never be too careful these days.
Recently, Globe Telecoms launched the #ProTech101 campaign, which aims to help people have better security when it comes to their personal information.
Below are several tips that they’ll be giving us. Read it and follow their advise, for your own safety.