Saturday, June 1, 2013

10 Great Tips for Identity Theft Protection

  1. When in doubt...Shred (paper docs that is)
  2. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet (does anyone seriously do that?)
  3. Check financial statements carefully each month for fraudulent activity
  4. Use numbers and letters when creating your passwords
  5. Install a wiping program on your Smartphone
  6. Do not use the same passwords for all accounts
  7. Check your credit reports at least 3 times a year: You can receive one credit report from each of the three Credit Reporting Agencies per year at If you obtain a report once every three or four months, you can monitor your credit at a basic level for free.  (great idea to phase this!)
  8. Stay safe with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when using public WiFi: The best way to protect yourself from these attacks is to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN like
  9. Make sure your antivirus is complete and up-to-date
  10. Opt-out of prescreened credit card offers:
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I also purchased Identity Theft insurance from State Farm ($25/year as an optional rider if you already use State Farm) because if (or should I say "when") it happens it is nice to know someone will help sort it all out. I heard it is quite time consuming, stressful, and costly.

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