ID Theft Prevention

How to protect your identity

Protect Your Identity

Identity theft is a very real thing and it effects thousands of families every year and you may be open to attack at any moment.

What can you do to prevnt your identity from being stolen?

Never give out personal information on the internet unless it is a highly trusted site, and is encrypted as well. To see if a web page is encrypted and secure, check for the lock icon which can be located either to the right of the search bar, or at the bottom of the internet window somewhere. If you are giving out personal information in person, make sure you know and trust the person. Make sure that if you do not know them personally, get their contact information and ask for some sort of picture ID. If the person is working for a bank or another trusted organization, you don't need to do this, but just remember their name in case something ever happens you can say whom took care of you and took your information.

Have strong passwords.

When making an account on which you share personal information make sure you set strong passwords.

Also, Be careful what site you go to and what imformation you give to people you don't know.

Even your trashcans can help criminals obtain your information!

If people want to steal your identity they will go to extreme measures, so be careful what you through out.

Your mail is a gateway for criminals to get into your accounts!

Your mail may have information about you that criminals can use to hack into your life.
Tips to help you protect yourself:
  1. Do not let your mail deliver to your house while you're on vacation.
  2. If you have a P.O. Box or work address, put that address on your checks instead of your home address. Put your work phone number on your checks instead of your home phone number.

Shred all important documents once you are done with them.