Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully obtains your personal data in a way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. This is called Social Engineering.
Social Engineering is different from hacking.
How? You might be tricked into giving personal information over the internet, for instance, a thief might trick you into revealing account information.
That’s why it’s important to guard your personal that’s data accessed through your computer, smart phone, tablet and mobile devices.
Here are a few easy, but important, things you can do to keep the criminals at bay.
Check your firewall settings
Make sure you regularly update anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-phishing software
Enforce password / passphrase policy
Consider a VPN which is especially useful when accessing the Internet on public Wi-Fi.