5 Identity Theft Protection Tips
September 19, 2014
As the prevalence of identity theft cases continue to rise, it becomes increasingly more important that we do our part to protect our identities. Many individuals fail to realize that their habits and tendencies could actually be making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Compiled is a list of 5 tips for protection against identity theft:
- Many individuals unnecessarily carry sensitive documents with them on a daily basis in their wallet. You should only keep things in your wallet that you actually need. If you have multiple credit cards, store your less used ones at home in a secure location. Likewise, there is no reason for you to be carrying your Social Security card with you every day.
- Do not make the mistake of simply tossing documents with secure information listed. This may include bills, receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, credit statements, etc. These items need to be shredded so that you can secure your personal information.
- There is no reason to be embarrassed about asking your landlord and employer about how they store your personal information. Make sure that they are safeguarding your identity as well.
- Now that bank statements are received electronically, many of us forget to evaluate them and confirm accuracy. Get in the habit of checking your online bank statement on a regular basis so that you can fix any discrepancies.
- Refrain from using passwords that criminals can guess easily. Your passwords should not incorporate any part of your name, your children’s names, your pets’ names, your address, or any other obvious and common password.
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