Public Internet Terminals May Contribute To Identity Theft

The Connection between Identity Theft and Internet Kiosks

You’re out at the mall and you want to transfer some funds from your checking account to your savings account. Luckily (or so you think) your bank offers online banking. There’s an Internet kiosk just a few feet from you so you figure now is the perfect opportunity to take care of that balance transfer. Be careful, you might just be putting yourself at risk of identity theft.

Public Internet Terminals Are Not the Answer

If you use public internet terminals, you may be putting yourself at risk of identity theft. Believe it or not, everything you do on one of these Internet kiosks may be being recorded by an identity theft criminal. From account numbers to passwords and other vital information, everything you enter into a public Internet kiosk is at risk of being used for identity theft.

How to Protect Yourself

If you want to protect yourself from identity theft, it’s important that you be very careful what you do on public Internet kiosks, if you do anything at all. If you do have to use one of these kiosks, make sure that you don’t visit any websites that require a user ID or password and definitely don’t visit any site that requires you to enter in personal information such as a credit card number or your social security number or you may be putting yourself at risk of identity theft.

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