Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2013
Scambook, the Internet's leading complaint resolution platform, is urging the public to make a New Year's Resolution to become Scam-Proof in 2014. As many consumers use the New Year to implement positive lifestyle changes, Scambook suggests taking time to organize personal security to protect against scams, fraud and identity theft in 2014.
“We've been tracking consumer complaints and scams for 2013 and have developed a list of ways that consumers can become more secure,” said Kase Chong, Director of Marketing at Scambook. "Most of these anti-scam safety tips are free, easy and virtually anyone can do them."
Anyone can be a victim of a scam, so to decrease the odds for fraud, identity theft, and even computer viruses, Scambook advises a few simple lifestyle changes to boost your protection:
1. Increase Online & Mobile Security. It’s important for consumers to always have up-to-date anti-virus software and scheduled scans on their computers. Coupled with a secure Internet connection and recent information on the latest cyber threats, individual’s personal information will remain protected. Scambook also advises consumers with mobile smartphones to use an access password or other security measures, such as the Touch ID Lock on Apple's new iPhone 5S.
2. Change Account Passwords. Experts recommend changing account passwords every three months and using different passwords for each account to keep email, online bank, and social media profiles safe. A mix of capital letters, lowercase letters, and numbers that don’t have direct connection to a person’s identity are ideal. Users should also opt-in for 2 Step Verification where offered.
3. Get a Gmail Account and Use Google Voice. Gmail is 100% free and consumers are advised to create a new, separate account to use for less personal website logins or mailing lists. If this second email falls into the hands of a scammer, they won't have access to the personal information connected to the regular email account. Google Voice similarly allows the creation of a new phone number that can be given out, keeping primary numbers protected.
4. Check Bills Online Every Day. Online bills and financial accounts only take a few minutes to scan for bad charges. Once familiar with personal accounts, it's easy to spot suspicious activity and take action. The sooner a fraudulent charge is seen, the sooner it can be successfully disputed. Consumers should also request a free credit report from http://www.AnnualCreditReport.com if they have not already done so.
5. Organize Important Legal Documents. Gather your original birth certificate, passport, Social Security card, marriage certificate, car titles, home deeds and other important documents to keep in one safe place such as a secure fire-proof safe in the home or a safety deposit box at the local bank.
By implementing these 5 tips, consumers will be better equipped to protect themselves against fraud, scams and identity theft in the coming year. For more information, visit http://www.scambook.com/blog.
Scambook is an online complaint resolution platform dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of fraud with unprecedented speed and accuracy. By building communities and providing resources on the latest scams, Scambook arms consumers with the up-to-date information they need to stay on top of emerging schemes. Since its inception, Scambook has resolved over $18 million in reported consumer damages. For more information, visit scambook.com.