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Practical advice in real life and online

Practical advice in real life and online - Sypcit

All the steps and appropriate measures to protect the credit card, the bank data, the accounts etc., preventing them from falling into the wrong hands. Let’s learn to recognize the signs of a possible identity theft happened against us ... 

They are all simple common sense precautions, but very important.

For the protection of personal and sensitive data from interception and fraudulent use:

- Destroy documents containing any data before throwing it, if possible throw away the fragments in different places and on different days.

- Do not give personal information on Web sites not well known or institutional

- Do not agree to "extensive" authorisation formulas to the processing of your personal data, even if for well known companies: the transfer of data to third parties for commercial purposes, we lose control over their movement and may facilitate their transfer to more or less disguised criminal organisations.

- Do not publish your personal profile on social networking information and data in an accessible form and do not indiscriminately accept friend requests, which can open up access to that data to strangers. Enable the sharing of contacts in lists by setting different restrictions.

- Do not enter on the network confidential texts or photos, because it is very easy to lose control.

- Do not turn on geo-location post: making public our position we show all, for example, our home address.

- Do not store on devices scans of identity documents, tax identification (fiscal code) number or other confidential documents (including pay stubs and bank statements).

- Do not answer suspicious email and if possible throw it away without opening, to limit the risk of installing malware on your computer.

- Do not indiscriminately download any APP and software from the network; also archive  images can conceal malware for the interception of our data. Please note that the free offer of goods and services normally has always hidden pitfalls (certainly in the case of software, movies and pirate music).

- Install on your computer a firewall client and activate all protections in the operating system, with a good antivirus software.

- Do not store save your login credentials on your devices (smartphone, computer, tablet, etc.): in case of theft, loss or intrusion that would provide an easy access to criminals. When the event occurs passwords should always be changed.

For payment cards:

- Never keep your PIN code number with your card;

- Never lose sight of your card (for example at the restaurant go to the cashier to pay, instead of handing your credit card to the waiter);

- Enter your PIN away from prying eyes (including simple ATMs surveillance cameras);

- Do not use ATMs  with any suspicious appearance (they may have been tampered with to enter a skimmer and / or cameras)

-Prefer ,when you can, the "one time password " cards and the alert service by SMS about charges (which allows you to have immediate notification)

- Use alternative prepaid cards for online shopping, with modest endowment funds

- Check account statements promptly and dispute the not recognised charges

- Act immediately for an audit from an operator if the card statement does not arrive on the scheduled date