PROTECT YOURSELF FROM
IDENTITY THEFT THIS HOLIDAY!
Whether you are a consumer or a business, now is the time to review
your ID and
Online shopping and Cyber Deal madness is the perfect opportunity for the
criminals to steal your information this holiday season.
Here are 7 tips to protect yourself and your business this year.
Update anti-virus, firewalls and anti-malware software on all your computers.
Do business with website and businesses you trust. If you shop for gifts while out, be sure you are using a secure Wi-Fi instead of public wireless access. Use a credit card rather than a debt card for online purchases because credit cards are protected under The Fair Credit Billing Act.
Online contests can be a source of computer viruses. Know the sites that you are clicking on before you click or enter any personal information.
Create complex password using a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers
and symbols with a minimum of 10 characters.
Phishing and vishing scams
Learn how to identify these scams by paying attention to emails from financial institutions, the IRS and retail marketing organizations asking for personal information. No credible company or agency will ask for your personal information via email or phone call.
Purchase an inexpensive shredding for all documents containing personal information.
You might receive emails that display amazing deals at websites of stores you typically
shop at, but don't click on the link in the email. Go directly to the store's website. Identity thieves create clones of store websites and use an email link to steal your information.