Protect yourself from identity theft

Identity theft is a crime in which someone steals key pieces of information about you, such as your Social Security Number or driver's license number, and uses that information to impersonate you for financial gain. Millions of people become victims of identity theft each year, and the process to recover identify theft damages can not only be costly but can also take years to fully recover. Since we value our customers, as well as their safety, below are some helpful tips for protecting yourself against identity theft.

Burn and shred

When it comes to important, personal documents such as credit card or bank statements, any account record or even personal checks, you should consider burning or shredding those documents instead of throwing them in the trash.

Be mindful on social media

Social media can be a great way of keeping in touch with friends and family and sharing pictures, however; it can also be a prime spot for thieves to snag key pieces of information about you in an effort to steal your identity. Avoid posting personal information such as birthdays and phone numbers.

Say no to public Wifi

The next time you’re sitting at your local coffee shop, preparing to pay some bills or make a social media post about your birthday celebration, consider waiting until you are home and on a private wifi network.

Protect your computer too

Consider using a reputable computer protection product such as Norton Security Online to ensure your computer is not susceptible to hackers, viruses, and spyware.

Monitor your online accounts

Keep a watchful eye on your credit card and bank account statements for suspicious activity. If you do happen to find something odd, report it immediately.

Create strong passwords and pins

If someone is trying to steal your identity, make their job impossible by keeping strong passwords to all of your accounts. While it may seem easier to recall them quickly if they are all similar and connected to you in some way, experienced hackers and identity thieves have computer programs that can run through combinations of letters, numbers, and passwords to quickly crack your password or pin. You can also use a secure password manager like LastPass Premium to create strong passwords and remember them for you.