Some ways to protect your personal information and privacy online
Computers and cell phones contain a wealth of information that data thieves would love to get their hands on. Simply deleting your files and emptying the recycle bin is not enough.
will look over a victim’s should while they are entering in their PIN or password. To avoid this you should:
- Be aware of your surroundings and realize that shoulder surfers are actively seeking opportunities.
- Block someone from seeing data you are entering on your phone, tablet or laptop. Shield the screen or number pad when entering your PIN.
Be particularly wary of unsolicited e-mails
, including those that identify you have won a prize or asking for financial help. Never click on the url included in the text or email and do not open any files included as attachments.
What to do if you think you are a victim of fraud, a scam or identity theft
- Choose passwords that a difficult to crack. For example use the first letter of each word in a sentence along with a number and symbol. “I can always remember my password’ would be ICARMP1960* as an example.
- Never use the same password for all of your social media accounts, email, banking, etc.
- Change your passwords and PINs often.
Contact your local police force and file a report.
Contact your bank and credit card company to make a report
Contact the two national credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your Credit reports:
- Equifax Canada toll free: 1-800-465-7166
- TransUnion Canada toll free: 1-877-525-3823
Always report identity theft and fraud. Contact the Canadia Anti-Fraude Centre: