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Protect Your Identity

Placing a security freeze on your credit file is one way to prevent identity theft. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Other preventive measures

The best deterrent to this crime is to be vigilant about your personal information:

  • Keep your personal information, including your Social Security card, in a locked, secure place in your home.
  • Shred financial documents, credit card offers, and other paperwork.
  • Ask if you can use an alternative identifier in place of using your Social Security number.
  • Do not give out any personal information over the phone, Internet, or through the mail unless you are sure of the requestor. Remember your bank, credit card company, or government agencies will not call you to ask for this information.
  • Create strong passwords.

Additional topics

Your taxes

Identity thieves are stealing personal information and and are fraudulently filing tax returns. Unfortunately, the real owner of the tax return may be unaware of the theft until they file later in the season, and discover two returns have been filed using the same Social Security number. Read more...

Social Networking

The sheer volume of users and the information that gets posted on social media sites create plenty of opportunity for an attacker to use social engineering or other methods to gain access to the accounts of individuals and organizations. The more information you post, the more your security and privacy are at risk. Read more...

Safe computing for seniors

Seniors and older Baby Boomers are embracing the digital age in greater numbers every year. They are taking advantage of the internet's ability to help them reach far-flung family members and friends.There also are many sites geared toward the needs and interests of seniors, and growth of such sites is expected to continue. Read more...

Protect your mobile device while mobile banking

The number of attacks on mobile devices is growing, in part as a result of the increased popularity of mobile banking. The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) recommends that consumers take extra precaution to protect the data on their mobile device. Read more...

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Protecting Your Personal Information