Concerned about the safety of your identity online?
If you aren’t already concerned about safeguarding your identity online, you should be!
In the last 18 months, over one billion records have been hacked or breached by cyber-criminals that have attacked some of the world’s biggest brands and organisations. Whether it’s British Airways or the National Lottery, Marriott or Adobe, the list goes on.
The problem is, no matter who you are, there will be someone out there who can benefit from stealing your identity online. Whether it’s using your debit card details to make a large transaction, stealing your passport details to forge a fake passport, or getting access to your online banking to empty your account into their own illegitimate account, where there is a loophole or weakness there will be someone waiting to exploit it.
If you’re wondering about how best to protect your identity online and prevent becoming a needless victim of online fraud, here are some pertinent suggestions:
- Never share bank account information with friends or family over the internet
- Always ensure your antivirus and antispyware software is up-to-date
- Consider opting for paperless bank statements and bills
- Store sensitive documents securely on your computer and in the cloud
- Never divulge sensitive information in response to emails, text messages, letters or phone calls – unless you are 100% sure of who you are corresponding with
At AVSecure, we strongly believe in protecting the anonymity of users online. Even in the impending arrival of improved age verification checks online – as part of the new Digital Economy Act (DEA 2017) – it should be possible for consumers to access the online content they are legally permitted to without the threat of identity theft.
That’s why AVSecure deliberately built its age verification solution so that no data linked to an individual would ever be revealed in the event of a data breach – because there is simply no data stored.
The Age Verification Card is trusted by AVSecure to operate as a truly anonymous age verification method. These cards can be purchased by those aged 18 and over from up to 60,000 retail outlets across the UK, including leading supermarket stores. The age verification is completed at the point of sale. All the consumer then needs to do is submit a 16-digit code from the back of their Age Verification Card to gain access to age-restricted online content, with no additional proof required or any need for sensitive data to be stored.
Not only does this protect consumer privacy and identity, it enables websites requiring a robust age verification system to offer the most comprehensive and safest choice for all their users.