10 Tips To Prevent Identity Theft

By: Aneesah khan

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1.) Protect your pin

A pin is a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) chosen by you. It is used to access your personal information. A pin number is created to secure your personal financial information. If anyone other than you gets a hold on your pin number they will be able to access your accounts and use your money. To prevent this from happening, don’t write it down, don't tell others, and don't make pins that are easy to guess. For instance, 1234.

2.) Bills & Receipts

Keeping track of your bills, transactions, and receipts, is a good way to prevent identity theft. You should always keep track of these things because it makes it easier to identify unfamiliarity in your account. if you don't keep track of your account, people can take out large sums of money without you knowing.

3.) Passwords

Passwords are used for safety and security. If anyone knows your password they can access any type of your information. To prevent people accessing your accounts avoid using weak passwords. Don’t use consecutive numbers or something that is very obvious. Don’t use the same password for everything because if someone gets a hold of one password they can access everything. they can access your email, social media, online banking, files, and other personal things.

4.) Old Documents

All of your mail, bills, receipts, expired credit/debit cards, account statements, and other papers (etc) are still very important even if you don't need them anymore. If they are unwanted you should tear or shred them. you should completely destroy them to prevent dumpster divers getting your personal information. It may seem weird but this has happened.

5.) Protect your computer

Many identity thieves now use complex software such as spyware and keyloggers to collect sensitive information such as passwords and login details without the you knowing. You might not see anything wrong with your computer but that doesn't mean that it is safe to use. Unlike viruses and adware, many spyware and keylogger programs are designed to be hiddn, so that they can gather as many passwords and sensitive data as possible. A strong and regularly updated firewall, anti-virus program and anti-spyware program will help prevent identity theives

6.) Secure websites

Don't use websites that you aren't sure of or don't use any unsafe website. Identifying safe websites are easy. To see if it is safe or not it will be encrypted. look for sites that start with https:// unsafe websites usually sites just start with http:// So, safe and trusted websites contain the letter s in the url.

7.) STay safe in public

Be cautious and careful where you are at all times. When you're at atm machines or even at the checkout, people can get your pin number. Be careful of "shoulder surfers." They look over your shoulder to get your pin. To prevent this from happening use your hand as a shield so what your typing won't be visible to them.

8.) wi-fi

Wi-fi is the most used thing. Now public places offer free wi-fi. We may think it is okay to connect to this hotspot, but we thought wrong. Connecting to insecure wifi hotspots can lead to viruses and hackers getting a hold of your information from your device.

9.) Terms & Condintions

“Read the terms and conditions.” Well, you can’t say they didn’t tell you. It is very recommended that you read the terms and conditions before creating an account. You should know what you’re accepting the website to do. Some websites can access your location, photos, and social information. Be careful on what you accept

10.) Social security card

Your social security card is the most valuable piece of id you can have. To prevent yourself from identity theft, don’t carry this piece of id with you. don’t keep it in your wallet or write it on your checks. only give out your SSN when it is very necessary.

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