ID Theft Trend Predictions for 2015
Jackie here. Now that 2015 is underway, it’s time to think about upcoming trends that will impact our privacy and identities. Here are some predictions (and for fun, take a look back on 2014’s predictions).
More High Scale Hacks- Throughout 2014, it seemed like a new breach was announced every day. The same trend will likely continue into 2015. Hackers are highly adept at cracking even the strongest security measures, making no one immune, including large companies or government organizations. Medical records are expected to remain a big (and profitable target) for hackers.
Increase in Mobile Malware No Matter Your Platform- Mobile malware is on the rise. From 2012 to 2013, McAfee reports the number of cases jumped by 197 percent. Until now the number of users actually infected was very small, but 2015 may be the year this changes and that mobile malware becomes a serious problem for all phone users (not just high profile targets and celebrities). Keep your phone safe by securing it properly; this guide will help you find instructions for any operating platform.
Mobile Payment Fraud- Mobile payment options are becoming more common, especially since the release of Apple Pay. Security experts warn that 2015 may be a bad year for mobile payment fraud, especially if thieves are able to find vulnerabilities in Apple’s system.
Targeted Spam- Most of us have learned to quickly and easily identify spam. Misspelled words, generic greetings, etc. are dead giveaways that you might be dealing with spam. Thieves are looking for new ways to trick their victims. Highly targeted spam emails will likely be the answer. During the coming year thieves may spend more time researching their victims, allowing them to send emails that use specific details about your life or career. Be on the lookout for a new kind of spam this year and don’t fall victim.
Elusive Cyber Attacks- Security experts see 2015 as the year of the elusive cyber-attack. Thieves will likely employ new methods to avoid detection, allowing them to obtain more information and keep from getting caught.
While only time will tell what 2015 will really bring, your best bet for keeping your identity safe this year is vigilance. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date with the latest scams and threats, but it is also important to trust your judgment and be on the lookout for situations that don’t seem legitimate. Regularly checking your bank statement, credit reports, and medical records for suspicious activity is also an important step in protecting your identity.