Businesses and employees are often major targets of identity theft and cybercrime.
And there are three reasons why.
When it comes to cybercrime, businesses are easy targets. They typically hold a massive amount of both employee and consumer data as well as banking and partner information. If a hacker can breach a company's system and can get their hands on the data the company is storing, then they have the potential to not only put the company out of business, but also cause major damage.
A good amount of damage can also come from business identity theft. According to businessidtheft.org, "...business identity theft involves the actual impersonation of the business itself. It can occur through the theft or misuse of key business identifiers and credentials, manipulation or falsification of business filings and records, and other related criminal activities intended to derive illicit gain to the detriment of the victimized business; and, to defraud creditors and suppliers, financial institutions, the business' owners and officers, unsuspecting consumers, and even the government."
Lastly, business employees are regular targets of identity theft because they often lack security training, have personal information to steal, and they often know company passwords and other vital company information that can also be stolen. Cyber criminals and identity theft criminals can target employees via email, websites, and even phone calls.
So, what should you do to protect both your identity and the company's identity while working? We asked a few identity theft and cybersecurity experts to give some tips.
Here's what they said.
Key Takeaways: Protect your identity in the workplace with these steps
• Keep an eye on emails
• Don't skip out on training
• Be careful when giving out information
• Pay attention to passwords
• Be smart with security questions
• Get the right protection
Regardless of where you work, you should always strive to secure both your information and your employer's information. Identify theft is an advancing crime and continues to be a major threat to employees and businesses alike. It's highly recommended that you follow the tips above and do your own research on avoiding identity theft in and out of the workplace.
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