Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Security Tips: Other steps to protect your identity

* Be suspicious of transactions you didn’t initiate
* Question the need to provide your Social Security number
* Reconcile all credit purchases with your monthly statement
* Review your credit statements, and close accounts you don’t use
* Get annual reports of your credit status from Equifax or TransUnion
* Photocopy the contents of your wallet and keep this information in a safe place
* Immediately sign all new credit cards
* Your mailbox is an invitation to thieves. Get a locking box, or retrieve your mail right after delivery
* Shred anything that contains your personal information
* When purchasing goods online, ensure the URL starts with “https://” (the “s” is for secure), and beware of using pop-up forms

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