What are the worst things that can happen to your identity online? What can be stolen, taken, hacked? Look at some interesting statistics below.
Use others’ photos online
to lure others
Catfishers are female
Catfishing means, that someone pretends to be who is not online, to lure someone he has never met into a relationship. The person that is pretending to be someone else is known as a catfish. A catfish usually steals someone’s photos, makes up his personal data, and populates a social account with this data. Catfish aim to steal a victim’s personal information or money.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes (according to Wikipedia).
There are several things to be aware to protect yourself from identity theft:
- don’t use free wi-fi networks as it is very easy to listen to your wi-fi internet connection,
- use strong passwords and change them regularly,
- check your financial accounts for suspicious activity,
- order and monitor reports for your credit cards.
Hacking refers to the misuse of any computer system to break into another computer system or network. Hackers have very different motivations. Some of them just want to prove themselves, some do it to express some kind of protest, others do it to gain money or reputation.
Hackers corrupt system files, steal data, or just gain access to the system to use it for attacking another system.