[VIDEO] Introduction To Identity Theft {Part 3}


Today in the Evolve IT Lab,  we discuss the finalpart of our three-part series on identity theft. In today's episode, Lachie and Jason discuss some proactive measures you can take to help prevent your identity from being stolen. 

Here are some handy links on identy theft:

  • If you are affected by identity theft, we recommend you contact your trusted advisor and IDCARE.
  • Prevention is better than cure; you should have a chat with your bank about how you are protected from identity
  • Be very careful when giving out personal information that does not change. Medicare Numbers, Drivers Licence, Passports
  • Try to avoid Public Wifi; nothing is for free. Spend the extra $10 and get roaming on your phone when overseas.
  • Don't use public computers.



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Good day, guys, and welcome back to the Evolve IT Lab. My name is Lachie, and this is Jase. Jase, welcome back.

Jason: Good day, Lachie. Good day, everyone.

Lachie: Jase, today, we're gonna finish off our three-part series of identity theft. So, we've gone over the introduction, a real-life story, and today, we're gonna be talking about how we can prevent it. Jase, what do you actually do if you suspect you've been hit with identity theft?

Jason: Yeah, so first thing, it's a terribly frightening experience to know that someone is pretending that they are you. So, there are organizations here based in Australia that are accessible from anywhere in the world like IDCARE that you can work with that help you navigate talking to financial providers, talking to government departments about getting your identity back and stopping people from using that information.

Lachie: Okay, cool. So, who are the sort of people you should notify? Should you talk to your IT company about whether you are protected?

Jason: Yeah, so absolutely. From [inaudible 00:01:01] security point of view, you absolutely need to let your IT support provider know that this has happened to you, obviously getting in contact with financial organizations that you interact with. But absolutely involve organizations like IDCARE, that they specialize specifically in this area. And they can help you navigate everything that you need to work your way through.

Lachie: What're some of the things people should avoid doing?

Jason: Yeah, so absolutely public WiFi because it's very, very difficult to secure how that information gets handled. Public workstations, especially if you're trying to put any type of sensitive information in it. Internet banking, for example, on a kiosk machine is probably just a no-no. You don't know how that information is going to get used. USB sticks, things that you don't the source of them, and putting sensitive information up on social media, again, is probably all things that should be avoided.

Lachie; Great. Okay. So, how can you actually prevent it? How can you prevent your identity from being stolen?

Jason: Yeah, so being, obviously, really careful and vigilant about what kind of information you put out in the public space. So, again, being mindful about the use of social media, avoiding the use of, sort of, public workstations, public WiFi. Engaging with third-party organizations. There are a number of companies, both here in Australia and overseas, that will help you protect and secure both personal and financial information.

Lachie: And they do that by alerting you should someone do an international transaction or use your driver's license or Medicare card, and you get alerted.

Jason: Yes, absolutely. An example is, you open a bank account. You generally need your driver's license and some other form of ID. So, there are organizations in place in Australia that can alert you that, "Hey, someone's tried to open a bank account using this information. Is that you?"

Lachie: Great. Okay. Well, I think that's given a lot of people some information about identity theft and how they can prevent it. You've seen a real-life story and you know what it is now. So, hopefully, you'll get a lot of value out of these videos. Thank you, everyone, and thank you, Jase.

Jason: Thanks, Lachie. Thanks, everyone.

Lachie: We'll see you next time.



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