Are you going to be online shopping this holiday season? Of course you are. We all are. The bad news is that shopping online puts you at risk of identity theft. The good news is, there’s something you can do to stay safe from identity theft.
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Why you should be concerned about identity theft
In 2019, more Canadians had their data compromised online than had the flu.
- In 2019, more Canadians had their data compromised online than had the flu.
- The latest online subscription service, Disney+, had their subscribers compromised within three hours of launch.
- Armed with your basic personal information like an email and password, hackers can spend months developing a plan to scam or impersonate you.
- Hackers are not only targeting parents, but with the gaming industry reaching $138 billion worldwide, kids are fast becoming targets.
- Last year, a scam run through the Fortnite video game conned children into handing over parents’ bank account details.
- It can take months and sometimes years for a company to notify its customers that they have been breached.
What you can do about it
There is a simple and effective Canadian service called Identity First that provides monitoring of your email addresses, phone numbers, credit cards, SIN and passport numbers to see if they are available for sale or download on the deep and dark web. This information gives you the power to make changes and alert your financial institution before there is a problem.
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Identity First is a monthly subscription service to protect the integrity of your email address, phone numbers, credit cards, SIN and passport numbers by scanning the open, deep, and dark web. We let you know if your data has been compromised – before there is a problem.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).