Cybersecurity: Has your identity been stolen? Here’s what you must do – Analyse what’s been stolen | The Economic Times–12.11.2017

Analyse what’s been stolen

Identity theft can harm you in various ways. It can lead to financial loss in case of someone stealing your bank data or even public embarrassment in case of someone hijacking your social media account or circulating your private photos on internet.

Here’s what to do if your identity is stolen:

Analyse what’s been stolen
There can be different types of identity thefts. Try finding out the crime you have been victim of. There can be a possibility that you have been victimised with a multiple thefts at the same time.

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Discover the source

Discover the source

Before taking any step to solve your problem, find out the origin of it. As soon as you realise that you have been targeted, think about all your recent online activities which could have led to it.

For example, you might have used your credit card to register on a new website or you might have responded to an unusual email or one coming from a new source. Did you download a new software/app on your computer/smartphone or attachments which looked strange? Did you register on an e-commerce site?

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Change your passwords

Change your passwords

The most basic mistake such victims make is keeping the same passwords even after the indentity theft. Immediately change all your passwords. Make sure they do not resemble your old passwords.

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Contact your institutions

Contact your institutions

Immediately contact your banks, lenders, insurance companies, etc. to secure your records. You can even ask your banks to close your bank current accounts and open new ones with new identification data. You must close any account which was accessed without your permission.

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Inform the police

Inform the police

If you want to prove that you have been victimised, you immediately need to file a complaint with your nearest police station or cyber crime cell. Though police may just file a formal report and not pursue the matter, it is still important because it acts as a proof that you have been the victim of an identity theft.

The proof can come to your help in case the thief impersonates you whle committing a crime. Moreover, you cannot seek legal remedies such as compensation from banks, etc. unless you file a police complaint.

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Check computer for virus

Check computer for virus

If your identity has been stolen through malware or virus, it may still be hiding in your computer and might attack again. If you think your computer might be infected, run an updated antivirus programme or seek expert help to get the viruses removed.

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via Cybersecurity: Has your identity been stolen? Here’s what you must do – Analyse what’s been stolen | The Economic Times

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