Security and Safety Advice for Protecting Your Identity

Identity theft is a crime that involves a thief obtaining someone else's personal information, such as their Social Security number or bank account numbers, and using this information fraudulently for personal or economic gain. Becoming a victim of identity theft can involve theft of your money if a thief drains your bank account. Identity theft can also damage your credit if a thief uses your personal information to obtain credit in your name. Prioritize the safety of your personal information to ensure that you protect yourself from the crime of identity theft.

Keep Important Papers and Documents Secure

As you manage your personal finances, you will accumulate documents that list personal information and bank account information. If a thief gains access to these documents, it would be possible to withdraw money from your bank accounts, use your credit cards, and use your personal information to open new credit accounts. For this reason, home security is an important safeguard to keep your documents safe from theft. You might keep documents in a locked safe in your home. Another option is to keep important papers in a safe deposit box. Never allow mail to sit for an extended period in your mailbox because of the threat of theft. For added security, consider installing a locked mailbox to protect your mail.

Staying Safe Online

Online safety is another important area for preventing identity theft. If you conduct bank transactions or access a bank account online, set secure passwords to protect your accounts from fraud. Install strong firewall and virus protection on your computer to keep your system safe. Use the utmost care with the unsolicited emails you receive, realizing that criminals often send phishing emails designed to get you to send out your personal information by reply email. Never send financial information via email. If you frequent social media websites or other websites with chat features, keep your accounts secure with strong passwords. Do not share your account or personal information with others online.

Protect Mobile Devices

Maintain security on mobile devices to protect your identity. If you use Wi-Fi connectivity on a smartphone or tablet, use care when you are connected to a public wireless network. It's possible for a thief to intercept data you send over a public connection, so avoid using your device for sensitive functions when connected to a public network. When you are ready to upgrade to a new device, always erase your old device completely to prevent someone from accessing your personal information.

Track Your Credit

Part of complete home security involves monitoring your credit regularly. You can receive a free copy of your credit report once each year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. By reviewing your credit report, you can ensure that it's accurate without any suspicious activity. Suspicious activity could include the opening of new accounts that you did not open or an unexpected dip in your credit score. If you notice suspicious activity, freeze your credit report and file reports with local authorities.

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