Jingle bells, hot cocoa, and snowflakes. December is here! Christmas is fast approaching and we are ready to spread some holiday cheer! When you start your holiday shopping this year, remember to protect yourself from identity theft.
Identity Theft Part III: How to Protect Yourself
It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed when you think about identity theft happening to you. We have the top tips to safeguard your identity and protect yourself from potential theft.
Secure your electronic devices. Lock your phone with a password and disable Bluetooth when not in use. Protect your computer with firewalls and anti-virus software.
Use strong passwords. Create complex passwords for your logins that include a variety of numbers, symbols, and upper/lower case letters. Do not use personal information in your passwords or use the same password for multiple websites.
Guard your personal information. Do not give out your social security number along with address and phone number through emails or other unsecured places.
Keep a close eye on your financial accounts. If you notice any suspicious activity: freeze credit, place fraud alert on credit reports, and alert authorities.
Enroll in a credit monitoring service.
Shred all documents that include your personal information before throwing away.