More and more consumers are leery of sharing personal information online, mostly due to the growth of online fraud. Eighty-five percent of consumers think online fraud is a growing concern, according to a recent survey.
So many people are concerned about this that they often omit information or give incorrect answers when creating a new account on a website that requires registration in order to visit the site. Many people simply leave the site, rather than give up their personal information.
An alternative to full-on registration would be the capability to enter the site as a guest. Many respondents to a recent survey said they would prefer this.
For people who surf the Web using their smartphones, a word of caution is needed. People who use smartphones experience a higher rate of identity theft than the general public. This is mostly because these users don’t do all they can to protect themselves.
One in three smartphone users don’t update their phones software when offered, and they save their login information on their phone. Two out of three don’t use a password to access their phones.
Be smart about what you do online, whether it’s on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can’t afford not to be cautious.
Tags: identity theft, Identity Theft Prevention, LifeLock, online safety