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How do I protect my identity online?

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK and we are all susceptible. Here are some ways you can be safer:

  • Be careful in public places when you're entering usernames and passwords - make sure no one can see what you're typing.
  • Don't put any of your personal information in a shared public document
  • Lock your computer when you're away from it (even for short breaks). You can do that by setting your smartphone, portable device or computer to lock with a PIN or password. That way no one can "hijack" your computer and pretend to be you.
  • Always shut down your computer at the end of the day. It's not only safer that way, it's better for the environment.
  • Before you submit any of your personal info online, make sure the website you're on is legitimate and won't use the information for anything that's going to harm you.
  • Don't post too much information about yourself publicly, either on social media sites like Facebook, or on websites - once you've put it up online, it's very hard to remove it from the internet thanks to caching. Find out more at
  • Don't open any attachments or click any links in emails from people you don't know and trust - they could be part of a scam, or could install a virus on your computer. More on spam and phising emails....

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