By Lars Dalseide | August 28 2014 10:17

When you share too much your privacy and personal information is no longer your own

Fairfax, Virginia - By now we’re all familiar with the infamous Nigerian Email scam; an unjustly deposed prince or official is in fear for their life and fleeing for the U.S. with $20,000,000 in tow. If you can front the prince (or official) a few thousand dollars then we’ll be be happy to send 10% of the treasure your way.

All such communications should be chalked up to the “if it sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t” category.

But the cyber cons don’t stop there. In the days where social media has all but takes over our monitors, it’s become all to clear that sharing every little aspect of your life comes with potential consequences. Enter NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim program.

A four-hour seminar (shorter presentations are available) filled with the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. When it comes to cyber security, here’s a bit of what you will learn from their weekly update:

RTBAV tips of the week

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, victims of identity theft suffered more than $24.7 billion in direct and indirect losses in 2012- which is more than $10 billion more than combined losses in other types of theft. Follow these simple tips to ensure your identity has not been comprised.
  • Use different passwords for different sites. Don't use common passwords such as names, birthdays, pets names, etc. You can download a password manager app or service to keep track of your passwords if you're afraid you'll forget which passwords go with which accounts!
  • Double check website credentials. Scammers can set up sites looking a lot like legitimate shopping sites (i.e. Amazon.com) to trick you into giving them your credit card information. Make sure the site is secure by checking for an address beginning with "https" or a padlock icon near the address bar.
  • Protect your social security number- this is the most valuable piece of information you possess! With just your social security number and address, criminals can open up all kinds of accounts in your name. Don't carry your card with you and be cautious of who you give the number out to.
  • Check your bank accounts for suspicious charges, and your credit report each year to ensure no one has opened any lines of credit using your information.

Learn more about NRA's Refuse to be a Victim program at refuse.nra.org

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