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Tips to 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.
  • Do not click on links sent in unsolicited emails or click on a message in an email that states: "If you can't read this email, click here." Make good use of firewalls, anti-spy ware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer or tablet and keep them up to date.
  • Check for secure websites before submitting your personal information. A secure website will have an "s" after the http in the browser address: https.
  • Make sure you have strong passwords - at least eight characters, including upper and lower case, numbers, and symbols. Click here for more strong password tips.