Identity theft is a big problem and while some people think it will never happen to them, the truth is, it could happen to anyone. While there are numerous ways your identity could be stolen, there are also ways to protect yourself from identity theft. Here are a few tips.
Hide Your Social Security Number
Your social security number is the key to all of your personal information and if an identity thief obtains it, they can access your bank account and numerous other personal files. If you are filling out forms online, or paying a bill or doing a transaction over the phone, avoid giving out your social security number. There are other ways a company can verify your identity and you are never required to give out your social security number.
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Use Smart Passwords
Everyone is guilty of using a pet's name or their phone number for an online password. While these passwords are easy for you to remember, they are also easy for hackers to guess. If a hacker can guess your password to your bank account or credit card account, they could easily steal your identity and run up a bunch of charges and expenses that you don’t want to have.
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Avoid Phishing Scams
Hackers and scam artists have learned how to get the information they need from people and the most common way they do that is by phishing. Phishing involves tricking a person into thinking they are using a safe website or secure form to submit information. In reality, that information goes to the hacker. Always be alert when online and look out for scams and offers that seem too good to be true or require more information than what should be necessary. Trust your gut instincts and be smart about your online activities.
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Don't become a victim of identity theft, follow these tips and protect yourself.