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In a 2012 Identity Fraud Report by Javelin Strategy, more than 12 million people suffered from identity fraud in the United States. Identity theft is defined as a form of stealing someone’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, typically in order to access financial resources and other benefit’s in that person’s name. The victim of identity theft is unfortunately held accountable to the perpetrator’s actions.

These days, with much of our personal and social information being shared, it increases the risk of identity theft. In an effort to guard over our personal information, here are ways you can protect your identity:

  • Install anti-virus and firewall protection on your computer.
  • Enable a password lock on your mobile device, computers, and tablets.
  • Create strong passwords with varying combination of symbols and characters.
  • Use a shredder for all of your financial and personal information when disposing them.
  • Keep your personal information (i.e. Social Security Number/Card, account numbers, passwords, passports, copies of Driver’s License and medical information) in a water-proof and fire-resistant safe in your home.
  • Do not give out your Social Security Number in an email or over the phone.
  • Check the security of websites you make purchases on.
  • When going out of town or vacation and no one is at your place of residence, be sure to lock all doors and windows, turn on alarms and do not share your trip details on social media. Make your neighbors aware that you will be out of time and give them your contact information so they can help monitor your home.

If you have suffered from identity theft and are still repairing the damage, refer to our Identity Theft Victim Checklist for assistance.

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