Protect yourself from identity theft
Millions of Americans victimized each year
- Duration 5:00
- Date Feb 24, 2013
Millions of Americans victimized each year
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
-- it came across this new survey this week that shows identity theft is at a three year high.
Can you believe there's a new victim of identity theft every three seconds in this country.
Cast -- on credit ruined maybe your computer gets -- The results can be really devastating so in today's take charge consumer protection segment.
I wanted you to know the latest identity theft techniques and it cures so you can take charge and protect yourself.
Roberts -- Madonna was an identity theft expert and hot spot shield consultant and it's great to have you here thanks.
Thank you what are of the latest methods that identity thieves are using.
Well bad guys forever have been using the Social Security number as -- primary identifier opening up new accounts and our name.
And of course taking over existing accounts a credit card fraud plastic card fraud as always -- -- and their radar and now they're going have to store cards store cards being you know your major retailers.
Our existing store -- -- opening up new ones or taking over existing ones.
And it with the store cards -- retailers in the consumers aren't paying as much attention to those fraudulent charges and often.
Those charges go through.
The good news under this survey at least is that consumers are not having to bear the brunt of a lot of that at least the plastic fraud because there are limitations on it.
But what information -- -- never give out.
You know -- -- don't give -- your social and stuff like that but the reality of it is if you get a functioning in a society requires it.
You gonna have to give it out.
It really on social media had to be really careful about type of information you divulging.
That could crack -- password.
For taking over an existing account knowledge based question and answers.
To reset a password is information you probably shouldn't be giving out how often should you change your passwords and is it safe to use the same password for everything you have.
He had no I change my password at least annually it's good to do it every six months.
And you should have upper case lower case numbers letters characters and so what.
Never ever have the same password for two accounts.
I probably have 700 passwords and know about five of them because he's a password manager how about storing your passwords on your computer.
If you -- -- pastors and you can -- -- that's -- it's also important to back them up in the cloud.
Really he -- the cloud.
Yet classifying you know major corporations.
That have or even small startups that have you know to -- -- -- bit encryption.
It's relatively bulletproof it -- a hard time cracking it.
They have a lot more security on their networks that we do -- hours.
-- as part of this survey and when I did my research which I know our producers passed on -- -- there's so many computer protection programs that you can buy now.
Which ones -- really work not by name necessarily but when you look at the box what should it say Robert.
So when it comes to like if you biracial -- to go for paid opposed to free paid has much more security built into weight.
And Daiei -- -- -- antivirus anti spyware.
It if fishing and a firewall.
He also want to look at.
Making sure that your wireless is protected as well a a virtual private network for your wireless on any of -- devices is really important.
And then he also want to look at great charges on your credit cards great charges.
Our -- -- charges that the retailers will make going our credit card for products and services that you didn't authorize.
Offering great charges are actually a -- saying fraud.
And you know just paying more attention to your account to drive our refuting a -- unauthorized charges while.
-- you helping other people by doing that to last question Wi-Fi hotspots.
Any additional risk by working in those areas.
Yeah so -- with your Wi-Fi hotspots you are on the essentially communicating.
All of your information all the wireless networks that can be seen if the information isn't encrypted.
So one little free -- -- out there it's called hot spot shield.
And that basically -- down -- Your your wireless connection whether it's on your your end draw your your tablet.
Your Mac your PC -- protects all of your data well it's floating in the air so the bad guys can't see it.
Okay Roberts is silly on a full disclosure -- happen to mention hot spot shields and York consultant to that company and program great to have you here that would all the general information as well thank you.
And if you want to get more information on how you can take charge on a number of consumer issues is really easy just go to foxnews.com.
At the bottom of the page click on America's news HQ.
And then you'll seal linked to many of this programs take charge consumer protection segments -- look at now for you helping out well that Lara password advice.
Better change my own mind and don't use your name a -- remember them.