Prevent Identity Theft with Your Router

One of the most overlooked ways to prevent identity theft is right in front of you -- your router

One of the best ways to prevent identity theft is your router. It is also one of the most overlooked methods of protecting yourself against online identity theft. Here's some information to help you get the most protection out of your router.

Setting your router for protection

If you have more than one computer in your home, chances are you already have a router. Don't know what a router is? It's that piece of equipment between your cable or phone modem and your computer. This is what allows your other computers in the house to operate wirelessly.

Computer hackers can hack into your computer and steal your personal information such as bank accounts, savings accounts, credit card numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, etc. By hacking your computer, they can get all the information they need to steal your identity.

If you have a router, it will have its own IP address. This stops information from leaving your computer. Anyone trying to hack your computer will reach the router and to the hacker, it appears that they have reached a computer and can't get any information. Even if you set you router up straight out of the box and didn't set any security settings, the router is already protecting you.

To be sure you have this protection, install a router on your computer even if you don't need it to connect other computers in your home. The router is like an extra firewall between you and identity thieves.

For further protection, use the proper user codes and passwords. Your router will come with instructions for encryption that can stop even the most determined hacker. While most routers come with these instructions, they don't usually emphasize why it's important to use them. Because of this, many people install their router and never take advantage of the protection that is already available to them.

When protecting yourself again identity theft, take advantage of tools you can find -- identity theft protection programs, checking your credit reports regularly, and proven identity theft software are good places to start. Using your router for protection is just one more tool you have to prevent identity theft.

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