2. Other People Use Your Console
If you live by yourself, never invite people over, and think of yourself as the loneliest person on the planet, this doesn't apply to you. For the rest of us, we would do well not to keep any of our personal information on our consoles. As much as it pains me to say it, the people you know, including family members and friends, are those most likely to steal your identity. In fact, it is estimated that three-fourths of all cases of resolved identity theft cases are perpetrated by someone known to the victim. Keeping your information on a console where friends and family members who may have nefarious intentions is dangerous, even if you don't think it is.
1. The Internet is not as Safe as You Think
The hack of the PlayStation Network hurt everyone. However, aside from frustrations about stolen information and the prolonged outage, it was certainly a wake-up call for those who assumed their information was safe on the Internet. It is important to realize that no network is foolproof, and keeping your information stored remotely is never a good idea. Sure, the chances of your information being stolen are remote, but it can happen, and on a large scale too. We hear about Identity theft every day, and it's easy to turn your head, plug in a credit card, and try to forget about it, but that's just not going to cut it anymore. You have to protect yourself online, and if you wouldn't show your credit card to a stranger on the street, then you shouldn't store it online.
Unfortunately, this is one WYS that many of us had to learn about the hard way. Check back next week for a more lighthearted look at why you shouldn't trade in video games!
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*