5 Tried-and-True Privacy Protection Tips
Identity theft rates in the United States are at an all-time high. So, how do you avoid becoming the next victim? In this blog, we offer five tried-and-true tips for protecting your personal data.
1. Avoid Paying at the Pump
Your identity is always at risk of being stolen, even when filling your gas tank. Credit card “skimming” is a huge problem in California. Thieves install camouflaged skimmers over real gas pump card readers to steal debit and credit card data. Card skimmers are very difficult to spot, so whenever possible, pay inside instead of at the pump.
2. Back Up Your Data
Hacking, phishing, and ransomware threats are on the rise. Even if you’re vigilant, cybercriminals may find a way to hijack the data on your computer, tablet, or other devices. Protect your data by partnering with an E-Vaulting provider. Your data is securely and automatically backed up online and stored in a secure electronic vault.
3.Protect Your WiFi Router
Having an unsecured home WiFi network is asking for trouble. Make sure your wireless router has WPA2 encryption and a firewall. Change the default password to a long one composed of letters, numbers, and special characters to prevent hackers from cracking your password and accessing you network.
4. Shred Unwanted Documents
Not all identity theft crimes are high tech. Someone can steal your identity the old-school way by simply sifting through your trash. Sensitive documents discarded in a curbside bin are vulnerable to theft and misuse. A residential shredding service helps keep your personal, confidential information out of the wrong hands. A mobile shredding vehicle comes to your home and a security-screened technician destroys your documents while you watch.
5. Monitor Your Credit
Identity theft is often hard to detect. That’s why it’s important keep a close eye on your credit. You’re entitled to one free credit report every year from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Be sure to request them and scrutinize your credit report for suspicious or incorrect information and report any discrepancies at once.
Use these five strategies to keep your identity safe.
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