Identity Theft Prevention Tips

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Identity Theft is a growing problem with no end in sight. The widespread use of social media and personal blogs have given thieves a window into people’s personal lives and identifiable information.

Although there is no one sure-fire way to stop the determined thief, these tips can help keep your information safe:

1. Mobile device security. Consider turning off the wifi when you are not at home; it will keep you from accidentally connecting to a network without intending to. Only download apps from trusted sources; stay away from third-party or untrusted vendors. Save sensitive activity, like logging into your online banking, until you are connected to a trusted network.

2. Update your anti-virus software and keep your network password secure. You don’t want outsiders to be able to access your home network.

3. Don’t fall for scams. Be wary of unknown links, even in email from people you trust as their system may have been compromised. Don’t download something if you don’t know what it is.

4. Monitor your credit reports. Report any suspicious credit card activity as soon as you discover it. Freeze accounts that may have be in jeopardy.

5. Don’t forget the old-school methods for data breaching. Shred important documents to thwart dumpster-divers. Safeguard your mailbox if possible, or consider using a post office box.

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