When it comes to identifying risks to your identity, you have to think out of the box. After all criminals are geniuses at out of the box thinking. They look at everyday items we consider ‘harmless’ and can figure out how to use them to commit crimes. If you have seen the movie “Catch Me if You Can” you would see a perfect example of what I mean.
The movie was based on the exploits of Frank Abagnale Jr, a well known security expert. Mr Abagnale in his youth was a very successful con artist who cashed over a million dollars worth of fraudulent checks. And in the movie it was not just his ability to create a fake persona, but a very harmless item that factored in to his success. Watch this clip from the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale.
Did you spot the harmless item that enabled him to cash check after fraudulent check? No, not that check numbering machine, it was something else. For those who did spot it, congratulations! For those who didn’t check the bathtub. Dozens of model airplanes were soaking in the tub. The model planes all had PanAm decals. Decals that he placed on forged checks to fool bank tellers into thinking that they were authentic, and that brings me to your lovable family pet.
Many pet owners chip their pets. Don’t get me wrong, it does have a very good benefit that for many loving owners outweigh the risk. That microchip means if Fido gets lost, he can be identified and returned home safely. But there is a down side. Fido’s chip not only identifies him, it identifies you. If your pet is chipped, keep in mind that chip contains your information and can be a route for identity thieves to strike.
Your information is everywhere. No matter how well you protect your information, you can only control what is in your possession. You cannot control other places and every different place it has been stored is another avenue for a thief to strike.