How does a fraudster get the personal data in my database and what can he do with it?


Emma Venema

Onderwerp Blog
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January 16, 2024

Fraud, a shady world in which personal data is often used for shady practices. In this article we take a closer look at how fraudsters gain access to your personal data, what they can do with it and how you can protect yourself against such threats.

The hidden routes to your data:

Phishing: Fraudsters use devious emails, messages or websites to trick you into sharing personal information such as passwords and credit card details.

Data leaks: Break-ins into security systems lead to massive data theft, with personal data ending up on the street and becoming a lucrative loot for criminals.

Malware and spyware: Undetected installation of malicious software on your devices gives fraudsters the ability to track your every keystroke, steal sensitive information, and even hack your camera and microphone.

What can fraudsters do with your data?

Identity theft: Using your personal data, fraudsters can create false identities, apply for loans, or even conduct criminal activities in your name.

Financial fraud: Credit card details and banking information are gold mines for fraudsters. They can plunder your bank accounts, make fraudulent purchases and even take out loans.

Blackmail: With compromising information, fraudsters can blackmail you, threatening disclosure if you don’t pay.

How do you protect yourself?

Awareness: Be alert to phishing attempts and suspicious communications. Don’t just trust every email or link.

Strong Passwords: Use complex passwords and change them regularly. Also use two-step verification where possible.

Security software: Install reliable antivirus and antimalware programs to protect your devices from malicious software.

Privacy settings: Review and limit privacy settings on social media and other online platforms to control access to your data.

FileFactory: your shield against fraud:

FileFactory provides a powerful solution by anonymizing personal data, making it unreadable to unauthorized users. It creates a robust barrier against identity theft and financial fraud by masking sensitive information. With FileFactory you have control over your data and determine who has access to it.

Stay alert, take preventative measures to stay one step ahead of fraudsters and protect your digital identity. For more information and to download the FileFactory brochure, click on the button at the bottom of the text.