Cyber Aware - Identity Theft

 

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Tips To Prevent Identity Theft

 

  • Make passwords long and strong:  Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols for a more secure password

  • Watch out for shoulder-surfers  When entering a PIN number or a credit card number in an ATM machine, or on a computer at work, be aware of who is nearby and make sure no one is peeking over your shoulder to make a note of the keys you’re pressing.

  • Shred everything One of the ways that would-be identity thieves acquire information is through “dumpster-diving”, aka trash-picking.

  • Get two steps ahead: Ask for protection beyond passwords with multi-factor (or two-step) authentication. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you to verify who you are before you conduct business on their sites. For more information, visit http://stopthinkconnect.org/2stepsahead. 

  • Be diligent about checking statements Ensure that the charges, purchases or other entries on the statement are legitimate and match up with your records so that you can quickly identify and address any suspicious activity.

  • Limit the information on your checks It may be convenient to have information imprinted on your personal checks to save some time when you write, but if it falls into the wrong hands it reveals too much information.

  • Pay your bills at the post office Never leave your paid bills in your mailbox to be sent out.

  • Destroy digital data When you dispose of a computer system, or a hard drive, recordable CD or DVD, take extra steps to ensure the data is completely destroyed.

  • Protect your Social Security number: You should never use your Social Security Number as any part of a username or password that you create and never divulge  Social Security Number to telephone solicitations.

If you feel your identity has been compromised, contact your local authorities and/or refer to the attached link for assistance http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/protect-your-personal-information/id-theft-and-fraud

The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017. - Visit: http://www.staysafeonline.org

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