Online Identity Theft
Identity theft is the “appropriation of someone else’s personal or financial identity to commit fraud or theft” (Milne et al. 217) Identity theft can occur by physical or digital means. Understanding how identities can be stolen electronically is crucial to preventing identity theft. In addition to education, there is software and other preventative methods to prevent identity theft.
An important way to prevent identity theft is to understand various ways people can steal an identity. Thieves can steal an identity through online data collection, scams, and through third party interaction with businesses. Online data collection allows thieves to be more anonymous, although few action online are truly private. Thieves…show more content… These techniques have evolved over take and take on a variety of names. Phishing occurs when a seemingly trustworthy company e-mail someone pretending that they need the person to update their personal information. The link the “company” provided is actually the scammer’s identical webpage. This is one way scammers can steal password information. Spearphishing occurs when the sender impersonates an employee in order to steal a password. One of the more recent techniques is SMSishing. A short text is sent to a person that confirms a sign up to a service or website. The text may say they will be charged unless they go online and cancel the service (Acoca 13). Scamming is very dangerous for the general public, and easy for the scammer. It is important to be wary of scams.
Next, encrypt emails. Encrypting e-mails makes the text look garbled to those who do not have the password to decrypt it. Encrypting e-mails ensures that the only one reading an email is the person who the message is sent for. There are other tools such as anonymous remailers and anonymizers that allow one’s identity to be hidden while surfing the internet. They prevent identity theft, by keeping identities and personal information almost by hiding one’s tracks ((Milne et al