Central Bank of St. Louis
Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in America. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 17.6 million U.S. residents were victims of identity theft in 2014, up from 16.6 million victims in 2012.
“Cybercriminals and fraudsters are keeping up with the latest in technology and are using any tactic they can to steal personal information,” said Kathy Koestner, Vice President, Information Security, Central Bancompany. “It is extremely important to use the passcodes on smartphones, use complicated passwords, and keep virus protection software updated on your computers at all times.”
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are eight tips to help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft:
American Bankers Association, 2016