These Everyday Objects Can Lead to Identity Theft 

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27th April 2023

These Everyday Objects Can Lead to Identity Theft 

You wouldn’t think a child’s toy could lead to a breach of your personal data. But this happens all the time.  What about your trash can sitting outside? Is it a treasure trove for an identity thief?  Many everyday objects can lead to identity theft.  

Old Smart Phones  

A cybercriminal could easily strike data theft gold by finding an old smartphone. Make sure that you properly clean any old phones by erasing all data.  

Wireless Printers  

Protect wireless printers by ensuring you keep their firmware updated. You should also turn it off when you don’t need it.  

USB Sticks  

You should never plug a USB device of unknown origin into your computer. This is an old trick in the hacker’s book. They plant malware on these sticks and then leave them around as bait.  

Old Hard Drives  

When you are disposing of an old computer or old removable drive, make sure it’s clean. Just deleting your files isn’t enough.  

It’s best to get help from an IT professional to properly erase your computer drive. This will make it safe for disposal, donation, or reuse.  

Trash Can  

Identity theft criminals aren’t only online. They can also be trolling the neighbourhood on trash day. Be careful what you throw out in your trash.  

Children’s IoT Devices  

You should be wary of any new internet-connected kids’ devices you bring into your home. Install all firmware updates and do your homework.  


This is called skimming. Malicious actors can use hidden devices on ATMs or card readers to steal your card information during transactions.


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