Protect your Identity

Published on June 11th, 2014

Credit card scams and security breaches are becoming increasingly common in our high-tech age, now that almost all our information can be found electronically via financial records. Identity theft is more advanced, so it is important for you to keep up and take necessary measures to protect yourself and your personal information. Here are some easy ways to keep your identity to yourself.

  • Use cash whenever possible, rather than credit cards or checks, especially at retail stores and restaurant chains. These places are easy targets for hackers, as they collect millions of credit card numbers every day.
  • When making purchases online, use an intermediary such as PayPal – these companies take extreme caution to ensure their clients’ information stays secure.
  • Take the time to check bank statements monthly, and look closely to ensure there are no errors or fraudulent charges. It is your responsibility to look these documents over.
  • Update your computer’s security frequently and always use a password-protected network. If you are unsure of how to do this, find an IT expert to help you out.
  • What happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet. Do not post personal information online on any social networks or other sites.
  • You should be receiving an annual credit report that you should review to make sure all your information is correct and up-to-date.



Courtesy of Money Crashers

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