Your digital identity is your online persona, represented by your personal data that exists in the digital realm: online accounts, social media platforms, and email accounts. Unfortunately, data breaches that hit the organizations behind the apps and websites you use may reveal just enough of it for criminals to pretend to be you.
One of the first signs that your digital identity may have been compromised is noticing unfamiliar transactions on your bank or credit card statements. You might also receive
bills for purchases you didn't make. Another red flag is being unexpectedly locked out of your accounts due to changed passwords, or receiving emails about password changes that you did not initiate.
If you live in Australia and suspect your digital identity may be in danger, here's what to do. Act from the first suspicion something is not right. The sooner you take action, the more chances you have to minimize the severe consequences.
1. MyCreditFile.com.au (Equifax)
2. CheckYourCredit.com.au (Dun and Bradstreet)
(Source: WA ScamNet by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety).
Digital Identity Protection alerts you immediately when your data is exposed in a breach. It scans millions of websites and monitors the underground networks to check if your information is leaked on the Dark Web. When it finds anything that puts your personal data & identity at risk, it gives you simple, specific, 1-click action items to instantly close up leaks and weak points in your digital footprint. Thus, you can take action well before disaster strikes again.
You may also find useful to find out your Identity Protection Score. This is a feature of the Digital Identity Protection service, a number calculated based on analysis of your data breach exposure, including the number of data breaches you're linked to and the type of information compromised. The higher the score, the lower your risks of new data breaches and attacks on your identity.
Read more about our identity protection and privacy solutions here.