What do the experts say about it?
The Home Office - "Identity theft occurs when your personal
information is used by someone else without your knowledge. It may support criminal
activity, which could involve fraud or deception."
How does it happen?
Identity theft is rare, especially for young people, but it does happen. The Internet
is great, but it's not difficult to piece together a picture of someone's activities
online if you've got the right tools. Couple it with phishing attacks to gain personal
information and you've got the recipe for stealing someone's life from them.
In the real world, people shred sensitive documents. Online, it's more difficult. It's important to remember that even stealing a friend's password and posting blog entries in their name is a form of identity theft.
But how does this affect me?
Everything you do on the Internet is logged, whether you like it or not. Normally
this isn't a problem, but if you're giving out personal information - even small
bits of info you wouldn't think were important - someone could piece together a
picture of your life and use it against you.
Get it Sorted
Identity theft may not be an immediate threat to you as a young person, but you
can take a number of steps to reduce the chance of your password being stolen
and used online without your knowledge.
Find out more
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