20 ways to keep your internet identity safe from hackers

Do you use the same password for all websites? Do you overshare on Facebook? If so, you’re a target for cybercriminals – whose computer scams are costing Britain £27bn a year. We asked experts for their top tips to beat the fraudstersWe’re high up in the Gherkin in the City of London and Garry Sidaway, director of security strategy at Integralis, a firm which advises government agencies, pharmaceutical and financial services multinationals, is giving my computer a security MOT. “You don’t have anti-virus software, I see,” he says, a trace of mockery in his voice. “That’s your first mistake.”According to Sidaway, while most of us are much more aware of the risks now (“My mum shreds her documents even if she doesn’t know why,” he says), we should all be raising the bar. He thinks we Britons are an overly trusting lot. Sitting ducks for an armada of hackers, who are every bit as focused on stealing our data as we are relaxed about storing it. “The criminal gangs know exactly which kind of data they want and where it is likely to be,” he explains. “Conversely we’re not sure what they’re after.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/12/20-ways-keep-internet-identity-safe

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