PureVPN Advises Consumers to Protect Themselves Against Identity Theft and Bank Fraud

There has been a rise in online safety awareness as of late, and not without reason.

The 2019 Unisys Security Index — which surveyed more than 13,000 respondents across 13 countries spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas — indicates that identity theft and bank fraud are a few of the more pressing security concerns faced by consumers globally.

What is the Unisys Security Index?

The Unisys Security Index is a measure of the current threat landscape in the world. Basically, it provides a better understanding of consumers’ concerns pertaining to financial, national, internet and personal security. This year, overall consumer security concerns are at their highest since the inception of the Index back in 2017.

The key findings of the latest Unisys Security Index include the following:

  • 69% of respondents saw identity theft as a looming threat, ranking it ahead of physical risks like natural disasters, war and terrorism.
  • 66% of respondents were seriously concerned about bank card fraud, with 57% reporting fears of hacking and malware when conducting e-commerce transactions.​
  • 57% of respondents feared that their private data being accessed via public Wi-Fi networks at public events.

What Protective Measures Should Consumers Take?

PureVPN, a reliable name in the ever-growing VPN industry, recommends that consumers take these measures in order to keep themselves protected:

  1. Always use a virtual private network (VPN) to increase public Wi-Fi security.   
  2. When shopping online, make sure the site is “HTTPS” protected.
  3. Use two-factor authentication and strong passwords for all online accounts, whether social, financial or email.
  4. Sign up for a reliable identity theft protection service to monitor and safeguard personal information round the clock.
  5. Refrain from clicking on dubious links and attachments — they could be sent by a fraudster.
  6. Switch to a safe browser, such as Brave or Mozilla, for a secure browsing experience.

Source: PureVPN


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