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January 31, 2022

How to Prevent Identity Theft

With a record number of data breaches in 2021, identity theft is more prominent than ever in today’s world. What can you do to prevent your identity from being stolen? 

 Take a look at our best tips:

 

 Monitor your credit 

 There are a handful of free options (Experian, Credit Sesame) when it comes to credit monitoring services. These solutions will send you alerts should any suspicious activity be detected regarding your credit. 

 Be sure to keep an eye on your financial accounts and immediately address any issues you come across. It only takes seconds for someone to make fraudulent purchases using your information! 

 

 Shred all confidential documents 

 Any paper documents that contain your Social Security number, birthdate, home address, banking details or other confidential information should be shredded once no longer in use. These papers could easily be stolen from your outdoor trash bins by those looking to commit identity theft. 

 Go paperless when you can, and always be mindful of the information you’re sharing and how you share it.  

 

 Secure your mobile devices 

Use a passcode to protect your phone, and ensure it locks after just 30-seconds if not used. Don’t share your passcode with anyone, especially if others can overhear. Antivirus software is also available for your phone and can help you stay safe from any dangerous apps or downloads. 

 

Use strong passwords 

Never use the same password for more than one account. Make sure your passwords are long and tough to guess, avoiding personal information such as birthdays or names that others can access. A random password generator can help you if you’re stuck on what type of password to use. 

 Being that this is ID Theft Awareness Week, the Federal Trade Commission has put together various events that will help you learn more about staying safe online and protecting your identity. Take a look here for more information. 

Still have questions regarding identity theft? We’re here to help. Send us a message today to chat with one of our experts! 

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