Dormant online accounts can be particularly easy targets.
- Close any accounts you don’t use or check them regularly
- Perform regular password resets on all accounts
- Check any money related accounts at least once/month
Tips to protect your SSN and identifiable information*
- Keep your card and any other document that shows your Social Security number in a safe place; DO NOT routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number.
- Be careful about sharing your number, even when you are asked for it; ONLY share your SSN when absolutely necessary.
- Protect your personal financial information at home and on your computer.
- It’s a nuisance, but use passwords and screen locks on your computers and devices
- Consider an ICE number as your lock screen on your cell phone.
- Check your credit report annually.
- Consider a monitor and repair company.
- Check your Social Security Administration earnings statement annually,
- Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches and change passwords for Internet accounts.
- Protect your personally identifiable information; keep it private. Only provide your SSN when YOU initiate the contact or you are sure who you know is asking.
File your taxes early. The latest scam is filing a return on behalf of someone else. If you file early, you can diminish this risk.