You hear about it all the time. People's personal accounts (bank, government, health etc.) get hacked and their information violated, but these platforms usually have two-factor identification and/or security questions to boot. So how do these cyber criminals do it?
Personal information is an interesting concept. You may think of it as just your full name, birth date, SIN, driver's license number, that sort of thing. But have a quick think on what those security questions often ask. Who do you share that information with? How liberal with it are you?
The Sarasota Police in Florida recently shared a great infographic that demonstrates what can be considered personal information, including your:
First child's name
Mother's maiden name
High school mascot
Some other ones that come to mind are your parents' birth towns, where your parents met, where you got married, the colour of your first car... there is a lot that can be used to glean your personal information. So pay attention to this type of information and who you are sharing it with. A phone solicitor or email should NEVER be asking you these questions and if they do, flag it, it's probably a scam.
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