Top 10 #Tips to #Protect you from #Identity Theft
Source: National Cyber Security News
Identity thieves use your personal information without your knowledge. The thief may use your name to recover debt and even commit crimes. The following tips can help you reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Protect your social security number from identity theft.
Do not carry your social security card in your wallet. If your health plan (except Medicare) or another card uses your social security number, ask for a different number from the company. For more information, see your Social Security number: Key to controlling identity theft pages.
Prompt to protect your SSN and identifiable information
- Keep your card and any other files showing your social security number in a safe place; do not always carry your card or other documents to display your number.
- Be careful to share your number, even if you are required; share your SSN only when absolutely necessary.
Protect your personal financial information at home and on the computer.
- Check your credit report once a year.
- Check your Social Security income report annually,
- Protect your PC by using firewalls, antispam / virus software, updating security patches, and changing the password for your Internet account.
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