As cyber security experts predict that identity theft is reaching epidemic levels, what can be done to protect yourself and how much control do you actually have? Although you cannot prevent a data breach from an online service, some simple steps will provide the best possible protection. Practising good password hygiene will go a long way towards preventing the fallout of a data breach. Think of it as similar to wearing a seatbelt in your car and driving defensively.
Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name. A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas. That is a 5% rise on the same period last year and a new record high.