Facebook Wants Us To Fix Its Misinformation Problem

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg And News Corp CEO Robert Thomson Debut Facebook News

Facebook is increasingly willing to admit it has a problem: There’s a lot of misinformation on its site. But the company remains much less willing to do anything about it itself. Instead, it would rather leave the heaviest lifting to other people: its users, its new Oversight Board, its would-be regulators in Washington, D.C.

Over the past week, Facebook has rolled out a number of new tools meant to curb bad content. Moderators of Facebook Groups, for example, can now slow down commenting on posts, making it so someone can only comment once every five minutes. Posts containing misinformation tend to draw lots of comments—from supporters and opponents alike—and the decision to add an emergency brake for comments could theoretically reduce how much attention these types of posts get, stalling the information’s spread.

Then on Tuesday, the company announced a slew of new features for regular users meant further tamp down on problematic speech. There’s now an ability to restrict comments on posts and a new Feed Filter Bar, a navigation tool for changing what appears on a user’s timeline. You can now display posts based on chronology, friends or Facebook’s proprietary algorithm.

The algorithm is the default choice right now and can be a superspreader of misinformation. Giving people the ability to switch off the algorithmically centered feed could help limit the spread of misinformation—as long as everyone knows where to find the Feed Filter Bar and then also remembers how to use it.

Facebook may be a company worth $851 billion with nearly 60,000 employees that pulls in $29.1 billion in annual profit. But the addition of these new tools suggests the firm thinks its average users—not any person or team at Facebook HQ—are the best weapons in fighting disinformation. That’s a lot of responsibility to place on the shoulders of its users, the vast majority of whom lack any of the specialized expertise needed to fight back misinformation.

Zuckerberg has long tried to avoid assuming much oversight over what’s published on Facebook, citing concerns over possibly limiting free speech, and once famously said in 2018 he wouldn’t even boot off Holocaust deniers. He and Facebook then caved a little at the end of the Trump Era and took up some basic policing measures. Holocaust conspiracy theoristists, for instance, were (finally) banned last October.

It has tried to reduce false information about the coronavirus and made a temporary change to its main feed during the election to prioritize information from reputable news sources. And then, of course, it banned President Trump, too, after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

But even with something like Trump’s exiling, Facebook isn’t willing to take ultimate responsibility for the decision. No, the buck doesn’t stop with Zuck. Instead, it stops with Facebook’s fledgling Oversight Board. The 20-person indepedent group of social media experts will review the expulsion and make a final determination about whether it was justified, the board’s first major ruling since its formation last summer. If it decides Facebook erred, the board could allow Trump to rejoin the platform.

“Here, you try” was pretty much the underlying message from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s in his latest Congressional testimony, too. In prepared remarks, Zuckerberg asked Congress to offer a better definition on “unlawful content,” the type of posts lawmakers would expect Facebook to monitor and remove from its site.

But Congress is unlikely to agree on something like that anytime soon, and Zuckerberg surely knows it. For now, Facebook won’t have to change anything, and it’ll have a plausible justification for doing so: It’s waiting on Congress to figure out solutions to the problem. Just as it hopes its users figure out some, too.

Follow me on Twitter. Send me a secure tip.

I’m a senior editor at Forbes, where I cover social media, creators and internet culture. In the past, I’ve edited across Forbes magazine and Forbes.com.

Source: Facebook Wants Us To Fix Its Misinformation Problem

.

.

More Contents:

There’s a Hidden Code in Intel’s New Graphics Card
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia3 days ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
0
Tech Trends | 20/03/21 – Phuket News
[…] ly/34ogCaw Follow Channels Television On: Facebook: … Tech Trends | 20/03/21 Tech Trends | 20/03/21Tech Trends | 20/03/21Tech Trends | 20/03/21Tech Trends […]
0
Hackers used 7 zero-days, compromised websites to
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia1 days ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
N/A
PR Technology – Google Search
http://www.google.com – March 20
[…] Related searches PR Technology Facebook Tech PR meaning Bandi Tech Computadoras puerto Rico
N/A
Nokia 6.1 Plus – Specification, Nokia 6.1 Plus Release Date in India, Features, Camera Details, and Variants • eeKPe News
news.eekpe.com – March 20
[…] Read more ‘Culture fit’ hiring in focus in complaint against Facebook Tech eekpe – March 22, 2021 0 The lady, whose identify was withheld, was interviewed at Facebook fina […]
0
Hackers used 7 zero-days, compromised websites to
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia23 hours ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
N/A
Hackers used 7 zero-days, compromised websites to
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia23 hours ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
N/A
Hackers used 7 zero-days, compromised websites to
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia23 hours ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
N/A
10 Tech hubs in Lagos offering co-working spaces and incubators in 2021 |
nairametrics.com – March 20
[…] READ: Facebook Tech Hub launches in Edo 360 Creative Hub 360 Creative Hub is a co-working start-up studio that provides […]
N/A
Hackers used 7 zero-days, compromised websites to
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia10 hours ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
0
Facebook Sees the Future of AR in a New Wrist Wearable
[…] In a recent Facebook Tech blog post, the FRL team suggests that a near-future possibility for AR would involve a mixture o […]
2
Facebook Develop ‘Mind-Reading’ AR Wristband
[…] bated breath to see a glimpse of what FRL has been working on over the last three years, a Recent Facebook Tech Blog shone some much-needed light on the situation […]
1
Hackers used 7 zero-days, compromised websites to
Reimagining human-computer interaction at Facebook – Tech Wire Asia Tech Wire Asia1 hours ago In 2020,  Facebook embarked on a three-part series on the future of human-computer interaction (HCI) for next-generation wearable AI devices.
0
Facebook develops neural wristbands that work with AR glasses India Times of News
india.timesofnews.com – March 19
[…] Hence, the Facebook tech will use devices like the EMG band to collect data from your arms in a much less-intrusive way […]
0
Facebook develops neural wristbands that work with AR glasses | Technology News,
indianexpress.com – March 19
[…] Hence, the Facebook tech will use devices like the EMG band to collect data from your arms in a much less-intrusive way […]
9
WhatsApp Down: Instant Messaging App, Powered By Facebook, Faces Outage; Netizens Flock On Twitter With Hilarious Memes
news.abplive.com – March 19
[…]   We request users of both the social media platforms to sit back and give Facebook tech team some time to troubleshoot the bug […]
79
. : oculus”>FRL Prototype Wrist Strap controller

: oculus

http://www.reddit.com – March 18
[…] Obviously the Facebook tech seems to have a better algorithm and actually match hand positions to the readings somewhat, bu […]
3
Live Updates: The Latest COVID-19 News for Taxpayers and Small Business Owners | Iron Bull Tax Pros
[…] States Have The Highest Record Unemployment Rates The Hill: Remote working takes off for Twitter, Facebook, tech companies Fast Company: IRS second stimulus check: Here’s the latest update and why you shouldn’ […]
N/A
Inside the fight to close the Spanish-language disinformation gap on Facebook – Tech
sea.mashable.com – March 16
As Facebook continues its effort to reign in misinformation, some activists argue it isn’t enforcing its policies as adequately for Spanish-language posts in the U.S. — a failing that could impact the more than 59 million people who speak it.
N/A
BSN/Facebook: Tech Career Experiences Through a Legal Lens | Black Solicitors Network
[…] 15 0 BSN/Facebook: Tech Career Experiences Through a Legal Lens by AdminBSN in BSN Events, Latest News Twitter Faceboo […]
0
5 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Convert Leads with Texting
learn.propertysimple.com – March 15
[…] take a look at these numbers: Text messages have a 209% higher response rate than phone, email, or Facebook – Tech Jury SMS messages have a 98% open rate – Finance Online 90% of SMS messages are read within […]
2
Live Updates: The Latest COVID-19 News for Taxpayers and Small Business Owners | KB Tax Preparation LLC
[…] States Have The Highest Record Unemployment Rates The Hill: Remote working takes off for Twitter, Facebook, tech companies Fast Company: IRS second stimulus check: Here’s the latest update and why you shouldn’ […]
1
Surprise! New Leadership Challenges in the Workplace
[…] An article from the Facebook Tech team explains, “Employees are overtaxed by the demands of work, and research indicates they’re no […]
3
7 months no replacement? : oculus
http://www.reddit.com – March 10
Hey everyone! Bought my rift s for a review video but I had trouble so with support we decided to get it replaced I sent it out to Oculus with the label they emailed me for a replacement double boxed, fast forward a week and UPS delivered it Facebook Tech suite 110 8875 Washington blvd Roseville ca 95678, but this was 7 months ago… I heard support on here is a lot more active. I should have contacted sooner but it was a personal matter beyond my control.
0
Top 5 Online Technical Writing Courses For Beginners
iimskills.com – March 8
[…] For a more general technical community go to LinkedIn and Facebook tech communities […]
N/A
Tech Ecosystem: Creative Technology Needs To Engage Wit
[…] ly/34ogCaw Follow Channels Television On: Facebook: … Tech Ecosystem: Creative Technology Needs To Engage With Policy Makers Tech Ecosystem: Creativ […]
N/A
ProductX.io – Tools and Resources
[…] Creative hub by Facebook Tech tools for Dev friends 100ProjectsOfCode: A list of practical knowledge-building projects […]
0
Google’s Best Practices: Using a Design Doc | Hacker Noon
hackernoon.com – March 3
[…] a Design Doc March 7th 2021 new story @techlead Patrick Shyu YouTuber (500k subs), Ex-Google/ex-Facebook Tech Lead […]
N/A
Getting A Job in Tech By Taking Code Bootcamps | Hacker Noon
hackernoon.com – March 3
[…] Code Bootcamps March 7th 2021 new story @techlead Patrick Shyu YouTuber (500k subs), Ex-Google/ex-Facebook Tech Lead […]
N/A
TikTok, Facebook to settle privacy disputes for millions – a win for data culture?
techwireasia.com – March 3
[…]   © Agence France-Presse DATA DATA PRIVACY FACEBOOK TECH GIANTS TIKTOK Joe Devanesan | @thecrystalcrown Joe’s interest in tech began when, as a child, h […]
1
Facebook Tech Jobs in Europe : programming
3.2m members in the programming community.Computer Programming…
N/A
Digital trust-busting time? US lawmakers mull how to tame giga-corps Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook | Tech industry | Briefly
briefly.co – February 26
US antitrust legislators held a hearing on Thursday to consider how to limit the power of technology gatekeepers like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook in order to promote competition.
N/A
VIDEO: Facebook, Privacy, and Creating Better Tech Policy with Roger McNamee – UCTV – University of California Television
uctv.tv – February 25
[…] breach masterminded by Cambridge Analytica, and evidence of election interference promulgated by Facebook, tech policy has never had more significant implications for our society and democracy […]
0
Interest in DeFi Is Surging. You Can Thank GameStop
http://www.coindesk.com – February 22
[…] with the largest amount of cash on their balance sheets are Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook – tech companies that are more likely to be interested in BTC holdings than your “average” corporate […]
25
SORCHA: “US Diplomats Beg For Russian Vaccine As COVID Vanishes From America”
[…] in propagating disinformation on the origin of the COVID-19, it’s interesting to notice that Facebook tech giant leader Mark Zuckerberg this past week was caught on a video questioning the long-term sid […]
4
this will scare you… | Revue
http://www.getrevue.co – February 19
[…] Messenger, and WhatsApp: Straight out of leftfield comes this report that you could soon have Facebook tech on your wrist […]
1
How to Hack Your Way Into Google (Spoiler Alert: You’ll be Using Wheels)How to Hack Your Way Into Google (Spoiler Alert: You’ll be Using Wheels)
anonymousmedia.org – February 17
@techleadPatrick Shyu YouTuber (500k subs), Ex-Google/ex-Facebook Tech Lead […]
2
BSN/Facebook: Tech Career Experiences Through a Legal Lens, Weds 3 March @ 6pmBlack Solicitors Network
The primary voice of black solicitors in England and Wales; committed to achieving equality of access, retention and promotion of black solicitors.
N/A
The Self Learning Guide To Machine Learning
deeptechbytes.com – February 13
[…] Some instances contain Peter Norvig on big data Facebook Tech Talk […]
N/A
Webinar Registration – Zoom
berkeley.zoom.us – February 13
[…] breach masterminded by Cambridge Analytica, and evidence of election interference promulgated by Facebook, tech policy has never had more significant implications for our society and democracy […]
N/A
Yes, Big Tech is Too Powerful AND De-Platforming Trump Was Still the Right Move
brokeassstuart.com – February 13
[…] first made its move against the President,model Emily Ratajowski said on Twitter: “This gives Facebook/tech/Zuck THE MOST POWER […]
N/A
Zuckerberg: “We should be teleporting, not transporting” – Devstyler.io
devstyler.io – February 8
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the new Clubhouse app where he discussed the latest Facebook tech […]
1
‘We should be teleporting, not transporting’: Mark Zuckerberg says virtual and augmented reality could help staff work remotely permanently in chat about latest Facebook tech on social app Clubhouse
http://www.newsbreak.com – February 8
‘We should be teleporting, not transporting’: Mark Zuckerberg says virtual and augmented reality could help staff work remotely permanently in chat about latest Facebook tech on social app Clubhouse…
5
Can Apple Beat Facebook in VR and AR?
http://www.fool.com – February 5
[…] just be a premium ecosystem of products developing at Apple and a lower-cost mass-market version at Facebook.  Tech stock investors will also want to see if the developments of the next few years allow eithe […]
12
Jan 1970: WhatsApp, Facebook users report date bug
http://www.geo.tv – February 4
[…] It’s been the second time that date appeared in two different chats,” one user posted in a Facebook tech group […]
1
Google Wave Signals How Google Workspace Can Win in the “Future of Work”
http://www.c2cglobal.com – February 3
[…] “I’m On A Boat” by Lonely Island featuring T-Pain! While we were all busy poking each other on Facebook, tech whizzes started founding companies like Uber, Square, Quora, and Venmo, and Satoshi Nakamoto wa […]
N/A
Microsoft Seeks To Fill Void If Google Exits The Australian Market
http://www.techworm.net – February 1
[…] Australian government, if the law is passed, the news code would initially apply only to Google and Facebook. Tech giant Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia if the code becomes a law […]
1
Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook : tech
http://www.reddit.com – February 1
363k members in the tech community.The goal of /r/tech is to provide a space dedicated to the intelligent discussion of innovations and changes to ……
N/A
7 Ways a Strong Relationship Can Boost Your Health | Relationships and Family
http://www.sharecare.com – February 1
[…] Take a Facebook Break In the movie The Social Network, a fictional depiction of the founding of Facebook, tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, remarkREAD MORE How can I assess m […]
42
Pedagogy #6 by
blog.certifyme.app – January 31
[…] Scaler Academy Building Uber(Decode Uber): Free Masterclass on System Design by Anshuman Singh, Ex-Facebook Tech Team Lead […] Register here Building WhatsApp: Learn System Design with Free Masterclass by Anshuman Singh, Ex-Facebook Tech Team Lead […]
0
Asia Market: The hunted turn hunters / Axi
http://www.axi.com – January 30
[…] But even without Apple and Facebook, tech as a whole is recovering […]
2
West Virginia newspaper company files antitrust suit against Google, Facebook
justthenews.com – January 30
West Virginia newspaper company files antitrust suit against Google, Facebook Tech monopoly “threatens the extinction of local newspapers across the country,” suit argues […]
4
Simple Ways Your Local Business Can Increase Sales with Facebook | Tech Gave
techgave.com – January 30
So, you are running a small business and are making efforts to target a local audience? That’s great! You might have installed some billboards around to remind people about your niche on the go. But have you started promoting your business online? A wide range of local businesses fails to build brand impression online. And many of them do not even consider making efforts for taking their business online. But it is high time to understand that even if you are running a local business, social media presence is a must to achieve great returns in the long run. After all, the new-age buyers are more attracted to the internet and social media. They prefer to explore niches and brands online. In this scenario, if your business is not present online, chances are that your target audience may move towards your competitors online. You can get started with one of the most popular social media channels to lead promotional activities online. The process of increasing sales for your local business using Facebook is pretty simple. Below we have listed a few simple tips and tricks to assist you with Facebook marketing: Focus on engagement The first most goal of your Facebook posts must be to capture the attention of the followers online. It is important to tell people about your niche through your marketing campaigns. Motivate them to react to your posts through instant likes, comments, and shares. Prefer to post some interesting content such as fill-in-the-blanks, questions, facts, photos, and links to some relevant articles. It will help you build the trust of the audience towards your business. Show off products Small businesses have some tangible products. They need to ignite the passion and senses among people through strong posts. It is better to use some hashtags, links, and potential keywords to capture the attention of your fans in the target demographic area. You can use videos, images, and text-based posts to show off details about your products. It is also important to invite more people including your friends to like your page so that your posts can spread more awareness in the market. Run a contest online One of the most trusted ways to promote your local business on the Facebook page is to run contests from time to time. People are always eager to take part in such competitions to win some rewards and gifts. Set up some useful rules and regulations for contests while making it easier to take part in the audience. Offer them some handsome rewards when they win the battle online. Contests can be a great choice for businesses that are planning to launch a new product at their terminal. You can get audience feedbacks to lead your business with a new niche in the local market. Boost your Facebook posts Facebook has added one new feature to the platform which is Boost Post. It allows business owners to boost their promotional posts instantly so that a higher number of people can view it online. As a small business owner, you may not be interested to invest in special apps and software to run advertising campaigns. Facebook can help you spread awareness about your brand by spending very less amount. You can boost the numbers of posts per month by spending only $20 to $50 on ads. It can give a local bounce to your business within very less time. Engage with fans Online media is worked around drawing in with fans, so it’s fundamental that you do this with your Facebook supporters. Sweep your page at any rate once per day to check whether anybody is interfacing with your posts with questions or remarks. Provided that this is true, react back in an opportune way, particularly if it’s an inquiry concerning the item which shows interest in making a buy. Promoted page likes It’s difficult to be effective on Facebook on the off chance that you don’t have any page likes. Regardless of whether you’re another business or one who simply hasn’t gave a lot of consideration to web-based media, it’s consistently a shrewd decision to utilize the advanced page loves advertisement include on Facebook. This apparatus permits organizations to uncover new individuals in their intended interest group to their Facebook page, and urge these individuals to navigate and “like” it. When individuals like your page, they will start to see your posts and potentially purchase your items when they see something that offers to them. Now you have gone through a few trusted tips and tricks to lead your local business via Facebook marketing. It may soon help you to achieve the desired appeal in the market. Read More: How to Take a Start with Social Media for Business in 2021
0
Develop A Social Media App Like Facebook: Its Features, Business Model, Cost etc. | by Sophia Martin | Flutter Community | Jan, 2021
medium.com – January 28
[…] How Does Facebook Algorithms Work? Features And Functionalities to Develop A Social Media App Like Facebook Tech Stacks and Team To Deliver Seamless User Experience Selecting the Best Monetizing Strategies t […]
N/A
Facebook just hired its first ever chief compliance officer
[…] data-sharing rules will dictate the future of how banks and fintechs work together NOW WATCH: More: Facebook Tech Legal

How to Tackle Identity Theft as a Remote Worker

There are more and more remote workers in the modern age. Companies are realizing how effective it can be to have their staff based at home and opening up the possibilities of employing people without having to worry too much about where they are based. 

One issue that a lot of people ignore, but one that is still utterly vital, is identity theft. A number of people simply don’t realize how much of a threat this can be to their life and the problems it can cause. As a remote worker, you might have to consider both your own personal information and that of the company you work for.

In this guide, we’re providing some of the information you need to ensure you are preventing and tackling ID theft. We also show you what steps you can take if you are unfortunate enough to fall foul of online fraudsters.

What is Online Identity Theft?

Identity theft is nothing new. People have been stealing identification via Social Security numbers and other details for a long time, usually by stealing wallets, but historically some people would go through mail to find details for identity theft.

In the modern age of the internet, it is easier for people to find personally identifiable information. This is sometimes abbreviated to “PII”. This allows people to commit fraud and pretend to be you. They can sometimes steal money directly in this way, but they can also do things to impact upon your reputation or, in the case of employees they might be able to gain access to company servers or more.

Remote workers need to think about the impact of their identity being stolen, access to their online accounts, and more, but if you don’t take the right precautions you can even be responsible for issues regarding your work details. 

Identity theft used to require physical documents to commit this kind of fraud, but now, things have changed. Details can be stolen in a number of ways and networks and websites can be hacked to allow fraudsters to find PII.

How Serious is Identity Theft?

It’s easy to think that identity theft isn’t too much of a big deal or assume that nobody could impersonate you so there’s nothing to worry about. Actually, once they have your details people can take advantage in a lot of different ways. 

Identity theft crime statistics are scary. 16.7 million people in America suffered some form of identity theft in the year 2017. That figure is continuing to grow. Billions of dollars are stolen every year using identity theft methods. 

If you find yourself the victim of identity theft it might be impossible to recover all of the assets you have lost or the damage to your reputation or the company you work for. This means that identity theft is a huge issue that can impact years of your life.

Also, people can commit crimes and run up debts in your name. This can leave you facing a legal battle in the future, too. Make no mistake about it, identity theft is incredibly rife and can make an impact for a number of years in the future.

This is not something you will necessarily have out of the way in a matter of weeks. Even if you contact the authorities and explain that you have been the victim of identity theft, the onus might be on you to prove this. 

Cybercrime is on the rise. 3.2 million identity theft, cybercrime, and other forms of fraud were reported in 2019. As you can see from this article, almost half of the time when people stole someone’s identity, they applied for a credit card. This debt doesn’t automatically get written off. You will need to prove that you were a victim of fraud and take action if this happens to you. Until then the debts could be in your name.

computer hacked with a lot of money stolen

How Does Identity Theft Happen?

It is easy to assume that you have done the right things and won’t be a victim. Just changing your password from time to time isn’t necessarily enough. There are lots of ways in which people can steal your ID details online.

  • Phishing is still popular, even though most people know to be very careful with emails. Phishing can be a big issue for remote workers who might get targeted when people want to gain access to company information. Never go to your bank’s site via a link, as it could be fake. The government has provided advice on avoiding phishing scams here.
  • Pharming is another sophisticated way for cybercriminals to steal your personal information. This is when a criminal might have got a virus into your browser allowing them to redirect you to a fake site, but one that actually looks trustworthy. This is where you’ll be asked to input details.
  • Weak passwords or using the same password for everything is always a risk. If you can, opt to use multi-factor authentication, where you use your smart device as well as your password to prove you are who you say you are.
  • Malware and other viruses or software that can attack your PC. This will potentially allow a hacker or fraudster to gain control and to see your details. You will probably want to keep your operating system updated and you will definitely want to get some sort of virus protection. Working for a company means that if you have a work computer, you should already have this in place.
  • Fraudulent or unsecured sites. Websites that don’t provide you with proof of who they are can hurt you. Look for the padlock sign in your browser which shows that a site has a security certificate. 
  • Old devices you have got rid of can also be used against you in this regard. Some criminals can find your old data just by going through a discarded laptop, for example.
  • “Over The Shoulder” techniques. Someone can watch your input data. It’s as simple as that. If you are in a co-working space, for instance, you might be targeted by someone looking to steal your data.

You need to have your guard up. Identity theft is becoming more sophisticated and people will always look for new ways to get your personal information. For a criminal, it can be very lucrative.

What Happens When Your Identity is Stolen?

Identity theft can lead to your data being sold. People sell it on the dark web, and this means that people all over the world could be using your data to borrow money, make applications, and even commit other crimes.

Generally, most of the consequences that happen after your identity is stolen have some sort of financial gain for the criminal. As a remote worker, it could be that someone is looking to steal your data to gain access to the company you work for. Organizations need to be especially careful. As an employee, this doesn’t fall solely on you, but it is important that you consider the best practices for keeping data safe.

How to Prevent Identity Theft

If you’ve found this article in advance of having to deal with the consequences of identity theft then there is still a lot you can do to hopefully ensure you never have to deal with it happening to you.

If you are working for a large company or your data is particularly sensitive, it makes sense to outsource all of your online security. There are organizations that know exactly how to keep your ID safe and secure and can help both individuals and organizations, even large organizations might find that they are lacking in precautions.

The best thing to do for peace of mind is to work with the professionals and make sure that identity theft doesn’t become a big hassle for you in the future.

Now, this might be a different story for business owners who work remotely. Many remote business owners get targeted for online identity theft. This can prove deadly for the business; many businesses fail right after they get their online security breaches.

It is essential for every company on the internet to implement security measures for it to succeed. This could be achieved either by outsourcing your identity security or, you can do it yourself. Even though it is advised to leave it to the professionals, you can still tackle this problem and be safe on the internet:The most important thing you should do is doing your research thoroughly regarding this issue. It is essential because it not only involves buying software or implementing new technology. It also requires education and hours of reading and watching videos. Hence, it is more complicated than you think. You may find more information here.Cybersecurity presentaton by techie

Source – DepostiPhotos.com

There are some basic things you can do:

Change passwords regularly and generate them rather than just use your cat’s name! People will find a way to get through basic and simple passwords so they should use a lot of different characters. 

Never automatically trust a link that is sent to you. Check if the website is secure and don’t put any details in on a site that you have even one doubt about. Things like online banking are prime examples. Always visit their sites through your browser rather than just clicking on a link in an email. This is prime for someone to take advantage of phishing.

Have a high-quality anti-virus on your computer. If you are running a big company then you should definitely ensure you have access to this for all of your staff.

Don’t mix work and personal life. A working computer should be for work and your personal devices should be for your own accounts on things. If you log into work emails on a laptop that is yours, and you don’t take the right precautions, you could be accountable if anything happens.

How to Tackle Identity Theft When it Happens

If the worst does happen and you find yourself a victim of identity theft, don’t panic. There are steps you can take to try and minimize the damage. 

If you want to, you can contact the specialists. Again, there are specific companies who can deal with identity theft and help you to ensure that you deal with everything in the correct manner, rather than making mistakes along the way.

You should look to get a fraud alert put on your credit report, this can limit the damage of any credit taken out fraudulently in your name.

Report to the FTC. This is one of the first steps you can take. There is a simple form that you can fill in on an FTC site, IdentityTheft.gov or you can call to speak to a member of staff. Try to gain as much evidence as you can when you are talking to them, ready to show exactly what is happening to your accounts.

Go to your local police. Different police forces deal with the issues in different ways and the location where the offense happened might play a part, but authorities should be alerted straight away.

Freeze credit cards and bank accounts. Stop anything negative from happening while you wait to establish what steps you are going to take. Freezing lines of credit can allow you to ensure that you do not run up further debts without spending anything! Your credit card might be being used on the other side of the world.

Change all of your passwords. One breach is enough to ensure that you should get new passwords for every account you have including social media.

Alert your work if using a work laptop or if the ID theft is in any way linked. If you fear that these details could lead to issues for your workplace then there is no way you should keep it from them. 

If you need to, you can still contact specialists in identity theft who can walk you through all of the steps required to try to get your life back on track.

Security image with cursor-Cybersecurity

Conclusion

There is no denying that identity theft can have a huge negative impact on your life, and even on those close to you. If it isn’t properly dealt with then it could keep having an effect decades into the future.

If you haven’t suffered from ID theft yet then you can take steps to ensure your security. If you are working with a company and are worried about their data then this is another reason to take security seriously. Just a few simple precautions can make all the difference, and you need to know what techniques and tactics current fraudsters are using to try and steal your information.

By: David Lukić

%d bloggers like this: