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What is identity theft?

Identity theft means that once criminals have enough of your personal details, they can apply for credit in your name and run up debts without you knowing.

Identity theft can include:

  • Fraudsters gaining access to your full name, date of birth, current address and national insurance number, and the passwords and PINs to your bank accounts .
  • Fraudsters setting up fake websites to get you to type in your digital banking password, which then gives them access to your accounts.
  •  ‘Phishing’ emails pretending to be from your bank can also lead to your details being stolen.
  • Social networking sites such as Facebook accessed by fraudsters who ‘mine’ your postings for information
  • Criminals can also use the telephone – calling you at home or on your mobile, pretending to be a bank or a credit card firm and asking you to confirm your account details.

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Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016

February 9th marks the thirteenth annual Safer Internet Day (#SID2016), a day dedicated to finding out how we can help make the internet a safer place.

Safer Internet Day, organised by Insafe in February of each year, has the target of promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

This year’s campaign slogan and theme is “Play your part for a better internet.” Continue reading

Stay safe online on Cyber Monday

Shopping online? Do you know how to stay safe online?

Try out Experian’s fun new interactive quiz to find out how security savvy you are, which of our online security personas describes you best and get some great online safety tips along the way. This video shows you how it works. TAKE THE QUIZ NOW! 

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Video: What’s the ideal type of password?

We’ve got some top tips about how to choose a strong password that can help protect your identity online. Jayne from Experian Experts is joined by Joanna Fowler from Saga Personal Finance.

Safer Internet Day 2015

SID2015-300Today (10 Feb) marks the twelfth annual Safer Internet Day (#SID2015), a day dedicated to finding out how we can help make the internet a safer place.

Safer Internet Day’s target is to promote the safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world – the campaign slogan is “Let’s create a better internet together”.  Continue reading

Keep your personal information safe online

Protect your personal information online

Protect your personal information online

While most of us are getting better at protecting our personal information online, the amount of illegally traded information online is going up and up.

An independent study commissioned by Experian has found that more than 110 million pieces of data have been bought and sold by criminals so far in 2014, an increase of 40% from last year alone and 300% on the total amount traded in 2012.*

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5 tips to beat the online cyber-criminals

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important

Keeping a close eye on our personal credit information is important

The recent warnings from the National Crime Agency about the possibility of imminent threats from malware have really brought home the importance of staying protected online.

Experian research found a 37% increase in confirmed fraud cases identified by the Experian Victims of Fraud service in 2013 since the year before*. Of 20,000 suspected fraud cases investigated, 12,740 cases were confirmed to be fraudulent, with big increases in account takeover fraud (up 123% from 110 to 246 cases a month), loan fraud and mobile/communications account-related fraud.

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