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.

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