Safety Practices

Common Practices to Help Prevent Identity Theft:

  • Shred all pre-approved credit offers, account statements, and financial documents before disposing of them
  • Never carry your Social Security Card
  • Do not print social security number or drivers license number on your checks
  • Review your credit reports annually
  • Only carry credit cards with you that you use
  • Carefully review your credit card statements prior to paying them
  • Be aware of creditor due dates and know if a bill is missing
  • Know the security procedures at your place of work
  • Never reveal personal information unless you initiated the contact and know who you are dealing with
  • Have copies of credit cards stored in a safe place in the event they are stolen

Protecting Your Checking Account

  • Know where your check book is at all times
  • Print firmly and use permanent dark ink when writing checks
  • Check your account statements for fraudulent activity
  • Do not give out your account number unless you know the company or individual requesting the information and understand why they are requesting the information

Computer Safety

  • Update virus protection software daily
  • Do not open files or links sent from people that you don't know
  • Use a firewall program
  • Enter personal and financial information only when there is a 'lock' icon in the browser's status bar
  • Make sure the URL reads "https" not just "http"
  • If you must store personal and financial information on your computer, be sure to:
    • Delete personal information using a hard drive 'wipe' utility program when disposing of your computer
    • Use a strong password containing numbers, letters (upper and lower case) and special characters
    • Do not use an automatic login feature
    • Always use the Log Off button when you are finished



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