Protecting your personal information online will greatly reduce your chances of being a victim of identity theft. Here are some things you can do to keep your information secure.
Ensure You Have a Secure Login
It’s important to protect your personal accounts, both at home and at work. Make sure your passwords are longer, unique, and safely stored. When available, use 2 factor authentications to log into your accounts to provide that additional level of security.
Update Your System and Software
This is one of the easiest ways to keep your information secure. Ensure you have the latest updates for your security software, web browser, and operating system.
Securely Destroy Old Devices
When getting rid of any old electronics, you will want to make sure all information has been wiped from the devices. Look into places that recycle electronics to have them securely destroyed.
Don’t Overshare On Social Media Sites
Identity thieves may use personal information you share, like names of your kids, to answer “challenge” questions to access your accounts. Check your privacy settings and allow only people you are friends with to view your posts.
Be Alert to Impersonators
Don’t give out personal information over the Internet unless you’ve initiated the contact. Don’t click on links in emails asking for personal information, even if you have an account with the company sending it. Instead, type the company name into your web browser and go to their site or contact them through the customer service number listed on your account statement. Ask whether the company really sent a request.
Be Wise About Wi-Fi
Before you send personal information over your laptop or smartphone on a public wireless network, see if your information will be protected. If you use an encrypted website, it protects only the information you send to and from that site. If you use a secure wireless network, all the information you send on that network is protected.
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