Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
The holiday season has arrived, with of tidings of goodwill and malicious intent as shoppers start spending and hackers start stealing.
Just last week, hackers swooped in to capture login information from over 2 million Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google accounts. Facebook accounted for over half of the compromised accounts and left victims vulnerable and uncertain about just how much information the hackers consumed, which is not a fun way to start the holiday season.
“Identity theft is a year-round threat that consumers are up against,” says Stephen Ebbett, president of Protect Your Bubble. “The difference is consumers get busy, do extra shopping and tend to let their guard down during the holiday season, opening more doors for the bad guys to walk through.”
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter look like a bright, shiny doors wrapped in a ribbon to hackers searching for the largest bag of loot for their efforts. These sites have millions of users distributing delightful nuggets of personal information that hackers can use to ruin holiday cheer.
Think you’re not at risk this season? This realistic simulation actually shows the type of information a hacker can find if they access a personal Facebook account: Protectyourprofile.org. It recently won a 2013 Marcom Gold Award for the realism of the experience.
While the simulation won’t actually open a door for a hacker, some of these actions do heighten consumers’ vulnerability:
Identity thieves have an arsenal of technology and tools to help them steal personal information. In fact, every three seconds, someone in the United States becomes a victim of identity fraud, according to Javelin Strategy & Research 2013 Identity Fraud Report. This means over 5% of all U.S. adults were affected by identity theft in 2012.
“The best way to stay safe from ID thieves is to be aware of the many scams they use to infiltrate your personal data – online, in social media, and even in the store,” says Ebbett. “It’s up to each of us as consumers to pay attention and take preventative steps throughout the year and especially during the holidays.”
Don’t let thieves ruin your holiday cheer. Be aware of the most common ways ID thieves target holiday shoppers and protect yourself to keep them on the naughty list. For more information about identity theft protection, visit protectyourbubble.com.
Protect Your Bubble is a Fortune 500 backed insurance company specializing in gadget insurance, home gadget extended warranties, pet insurance, travel insurance, rental car insurance, renters insurance and ID theft protection. Protect Your Bubble offers insurance focused on protecting the things that matter to you and keeps the process simple and easy.