Identity theft protection gets more and more important every single day. Identity theft has continued to grow with technology and has only grown as a threat over the years. Once we were able to purchase things globally and have free exchange over our personal information, identity theft started to skyrocket. It may be easier for us to handle our finances now that we can access everything online, but it also makes it much easier for anyone who would like to steal your identity. Soon after identity theft was recognized and people started catching on, it has basically become a game over who can outsmart who.
Before the internet, it was actually pretty difficult to be a thief. They would have to go out and physically steal things in order to maintain a living. Even when people first started using the internet, there weren’t a whole lot of websites that you could buy things on, and banks weren’t using the internet just yet so it wasn’t too bad. It was much easier to scam people because it wasn’t as popular, but it was pretty rare at that point in time. As the internet has evolved and you can do basically anything online that you can do in real life (in regards to purchasing items, paying bills, banking, etc…) it has become a huge issue that has basically skyrocketed. Now there are fake sites that people will sign into thinking it is their account, just so that thieves can take that information to get into your account and steal your information.
As huge as identity theft is these days, as long as you use common sense, and avoid putting your information on anything that you aren’t sure of, you should be fine.