Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. The four ways to protect your information are:
1. Dispose of information securely. Do not throw away information such as social security numbers, birth dates, etc. without destroying them through the use of a shredder or other means.
2. Maintain appropriate security on your computer and other electronic devices.
3. Ask questions before sharing personal information. Make sure it is absolutely necessary to share the information and you are sharing it with a trusted source. Do not give out personal information to strangers that call your home or e-mail you. Reputable companies will not collect your personal information using these methods.
4. Do not store personal information on a computer or share over e-mail. If you do store personal information on your computer, make sure you have excellent security. Do not store personal information in your e-mail. Remember, e-mail is like sending a post card in the mail. The information is usually not private unless indicated otherwise by the e-mail provider.
If you think you have been a victim of identity theft, contact us immediately.