Identity Protection Tips
Breaches Affect You…. You may have heard recently of the Target stores and Home Depot Breaches. If you have used your Debit or Credit card at Target or Home Depot, you should monitor your statements to ensure that no fraud has occurred with your cards. If your card was listed as one that was breached, your financial institution will contact you to replace the Card.
Get rid of Windows XP…If you have a computer with Windows XP, it should be upgraded as soon as possible. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft therefore any computer still running Windows XP is at greater risk.
Create a passcode for your mobile phone… Create a passcode so the event it is stolen it cannot be accessed
Use up to date anti-virus software on your computer….Always ensure that you have up to date antivirus software running on your computer.
Use Unique passwords for each website…Don’t use the same password for all of your website accounts. Use Complex, hard to guess password. Change your passwords regularly
Shred your personal information.. Do not throw away receipts, tax information, credit card offers, medical/ insurance information, etc. without first shredding them.
Review your credit report from the three major credit bureaus at least once a year.
Do not give out personal information over the phone, through email or over the internet unless you have initiated the contact or are sure of who you are talking to.
Protect your Personal Identification Numbers (PIN)…Do not write your PIN down. Do not choose a PIN that is easy to guess.