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Identity Fraud is becoming a huge risk online - so surf the internet safely.

Millions of people are online at any given time (day and night), some of whom are fraudsters looking to steal your identity.

These hackers can be found collecting information from unsuspecting “pop-ups,” surfing unsecured networks or hacking into retail Web sites.

Be sure to always use a secured network, and frequently update firewall protections on your computer.

Also limit the amount of personal information you post on networking Web sites.

Never allow personal information on website profiles to be available by everyone.  Details like favourite colour, date of birth, mother maiden name etc are often used by financial institutions to validate who you are, and it is possible for thieves to get access and able to chance or reset access details and get into your accounts.

If you are talking to someone online always ensure that you never give this type of personal information away because people have been known to be talking to fraudsters in this way, who then use your details to get access to various accounts.

Identity Fraud is a huge problem online.  Never respond directly to an email from your bank, ebay or paypal.  If you have an account with anyone you get an email from then NEVER click on their link.

Very few big businesses will send you an invite to log onto their website via email (unless you are just registering and need to confirm your email address).

If you are tempted to do ask asked in these emails then ALWAYS manually type the URL into the browser yourself and log onto your account.  If you need to take action you will always be informed once on their website.

Follow these simple tips for safe surfing and emailing and avoid identity fraud.