Content provided courtesy of USAA.

In the three seconds it takes you to log on to your email account, another person in the United States has his or her identity stolen. In 2012, more than 12 million people were victims of identity fraud, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, including those who were targeted online.

How can you help elude attacks by these fraudsters? Start by increasing your awareness of how cybercrime occurs and taking a few simple steps to help protect your personal information.

“Vigilance is the starting point for protecting your identity,” says Gary McAlum, USAA’s chief security officer. “If you ever get an unsolicited email or phone call from someone wanting your personal information, it pays to be cautious. Being an informed online consumer is the best line of defense against cybercriminals.”

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