How Do Thieves Steal Your Personal Data?

How Do Thieves Steal Your Personal Data?

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Since: Jul 12

UK

#1 Oct 26, 2013
In our blogs this month, we’ve discussed credit card fraud and identity theft. But do you know how thieves are stealing your personal data? Aside from outright stealing your wallet or passport, thieves access your most private information in more ways than you might guess. Awareness is half the battle, so remember to keep your personal data safe as you read how thieves commonly access your information.

•“Dumpster diving” to obtain personal information from your trash can
• Impersonating legitimate organizations via phishing schemes through e-mails, text messages, or phone calls
• Stealing or diverting mail to obtain credit cards, checks, bank statements, social security cards, and other personal and financial information
• Compiling information from public records
• Posting fake job offers to steal applicant names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers off their résumés
• Using malware or spyware to steal personal information from computers
• Hacking computer networks, systems, and databases, particularly of large companies, to steal user data—as in what recently happened to Sony’s PlayStation Network
• Extracting personal information from retired electronics, such as personal computers, servers, cell phones, and USB memory drives, that have not been properly “wiped”
• Using “contactless” credit card readers to steal data from electronic passports
• Hacking online or ATM accounts with weak passwords or password reset questions
• Browsing Facebook and MySpace for users’ personal details, such as birthplace, pets’ names, etc., that might be answers to security questions
• Looking over your shoulder while you input your ATM PIN, or listening in while you give your credit card number over the phone

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