Identity Protection Tips

Identity Protection TipsDormant 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*

*Source: IRS

  1. 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.
  2. Be careful about sharing your number, even when you are asked for it; ONLY share your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  3. 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.
  4. Check your credit report annually.
    • Consider a monitor and repair company.
  5. Check your Social Security Administration earnings statement annually,
  6. Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches and change passwords for Internet accounts.
  7. 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.

In 2008, Travis Hussing co-founded EcoShredding. As a member of BNI, Travis has presented numerous educational seminars about identity theft and document destruction rules and regulations. He also maintains professional memberships with the Mobile Shredding Association (MSA), and the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

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