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
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.