6 Practical Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Data security or Prevent data theft concept. Laptop locked with chains. According to the Center for Victim Research, 10% of Americans are victims of identity theft each year. But protecting your identity does not have to be complicated. In this blog, we offer several practical identity theft prevention tips.

1. Don’t Fall for Phishing Scams

Phishing emails are on the rise. They look like they are sent from someone you trust. Clicking on a non-legitimate link or attachment sent in a phishing email can jeopardize your personal information. Always check the authenticity of emails or before clicking on links and/or sending sensitive information. Update your firewall, anti-virus software, web browser, and computer operating system regularly to minimize phishing threats.

2. Shred Unwanted Documents

Not all identity theft is high tech. Thieves even search trash and recycling bins for personally identifiable information (PII). Shred your unwanted personal documents. A drop-off shredding service offers a straightforward solution for disposing of confidential paperwork and files.

3. Secure Your WiFi Router

An unsecure wireless network puts your identity at risk. Secure your WiFi router with WPA2 encryption and choose a secure password to prevent a hacker from stealing your identity.

4. Check Your Credit Report

It is not always easy to tell if someone steals your identity. So, it is important to keep a close eye on your credit history. You are entitled to one free credit report every year from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus. Be sure to request your free credit reports and scrutinize each of them for fraudulent activity.

5. Use Two-Factor Authentication

Cybercriminals are pros at hacking online accounts. Two-factor authentication offers an added layer or protection. After providing a password, you are required to provide another piece of information when logging into your account. This additional step makes it harder for someone to steal your identity.

6. Watch your Mail

If you are not careful, thieves can steal your mail. Know your mail carrier’s schedule and retrieve your mail promptly when it is delivered. Remember to cancel mail delivery while you are out of town or have a neighbor collect your letters and packages.

Follow these tips to make sure your personal information stays out of the wrong hands.

UV&S offers secure document destruction services in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. To learn more about our NAID AAA Certified mobile on-site shredding services, please contact us by phone at 270-793-0880 or complete the form on this page.

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