on Fri, Apr 01 2016 3:58 pm
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5 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft
Identity theft is a problem that affects millions of people each year.
Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to help keep your private
information safe. Here are five simple ways you can protect yourself from identity
Shred any documents you don't need
Make sure you completely destroy all documents that contain personal
information by shredding them. Bills, credit card statements, and ATM receipts
are all examples of documents to destroy to protect yourself from identity
theft. A personal shredder is an inexpensive and valuable investment in your
Monitor your statements
Monitoring your bank and credit card statements will alert you of
fraudulent activity and allow you to take measures to safeguard your security.
If you are going abroad, make sure you have a trusted friend or relative
monitor your statements, or check them online to ensure that nothing is amiss.
Protect your computer
It is important to protect your computer from malware to stay secure
online. Install the latest updates for all of your software, including your
operating system. You also need to install a firewall and an antivirus and keep
them updated. Many hackers gather personal information from computers and it is
important to protect yourself against these attacks.
Carry minimal personal information
Never carry your credit cards, debit cards, passport, and Social
Security card in the same wallet. Carry only the minimum information that you
need at any given time. Make photocopies of all the cards and documents in your
wallet to keep at home, or scan them and store them electronically. These
records can be extremely helpful if your wallet is stolen.
Protect your mailbox
One common way for criminals to steal personal information is by
searching through mailboxes. Many personal documents arrive by mail and it is
important that you keep your mailbox secure. Check your mailbox regularly and
when you have a choice between receiving email or postal mail, go for the
online option to reduce the risk of losing personal information. If you are
going away, ask the post office hold your mail, forward it to another location,
or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick it up each day.
Identity theft is a serious problem that affects millions of people
every year. It is much easier to take these simple steps to prevent identity
theft than it is to get your identity back once it has been stolen!