When it’s time to job search you may create many accounts with different companies, giving them your information and allowing yourself and your information to be more easily viewed by people searching for you. For example, on LinkedIn and Indeed you keep your profile open for people to look you up for possible new job opportunities. While these websites and job search functions were created with the best of intentions, you should remember that not everyone who has access to your information may not have your best interests at heart.
Check for scam emails and texts. Never open attached documents or links. Even scammers have learned to change the name on the email to a familiar name so you do not see the alien address. In receiving emails from prospective employers, take the time to research the company that is contacting you. Verify employment of recruiters, and never give out more information that you would put on your job profiles (i.e. email address, phone number, and name).
While staying ever vigilant is key; there are ID protection services available for purchase that will protect your information and will alert you to information breaches or if your account is being used without your knowledge. Interested? Explore LifeLock, Experian, Identity Guard or Aura to see what they have to offer.
Military spouses should be suspicious of any friend requests or invitations to connect. Be mindful of the information you are sharing either online or during the interview process, keeping operations security at the forefront. Following OPSEC protocol can protect you, your family and your service member.
Job searching can be stressful enough; but don’t let the pressure of the search cloud your judgement! Protect yourself from identity theft, malicious malware attempts as well as other spammers or hackers wanting to do harm. Do your research, follow your gut, and be watchful what you share online or in person.