As more and more interactions occur online, it becomes extremely important to protect yourself from identity theft. Cyberattacks are evolving and can cost you time and money. We care deeply about the digital safety of all our customers, and that’s why we’ll show you below how to protect yourself and your information.
Smart ways to stay safe.
Identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal personal information. Use these helpful tips to stay one step ahead and protect your identity.
Safeguard your information.
Any documents with personal or financial information should be shredded. Keep your Social Security number private—don’t carry it in your wallet or write it on a check. When creating online passwords, don’t use anything obvious like a birthday or name.
Be cautious on social media.
Think before you post anything too personal on social networks. Avoid posting pictures that could reveal your home address, and be aware of posting something that could be used to reset a password, such as a pet name, mother’s maiden name, or high school attended.
Know your digital footprint.
It’s a good idea to occasionally search your name on the internet. By finding out what others can easily search, you can erase any personal information that you may have forgotten about on old social media accounts, blogs, etc.
Careful where you click.
Links and questionable ads are still a source of cyberattacks. Think before you click or tap on anything to make sure it’s a trusted source. This helps protect your identity online.
Inspect your credit report.
Credit reports contain information about you, including what accounts you have and your bill pay history. The law requires the major nationwide consumer reporting companies–Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion–to give you a free copy of your credit report each year if you ask for it. Visit annualcreditreport.com or call (877) 322-8228 to order your free credit reports each year.
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