7 Ways to Protect Your Identity
Take control and protect your identity with these simple steps:
Secure your devices
Be it a PIN, a clever password or zigzag swipe pattern, load it on your device and lock it up.
Wipe clean old devices
Whether you decide to sell, donate or toss your old device, it’s important that you remove all of your data. Use disk wipe services for laptops, and install wiping software on your smartphone.
Remove your name from data broker lists
These personal information mongers collect and sell your personal information. Regain control by having your name and address removed from data brokers’ marketing lists.
Restrict your info on social media
There are constantly new dangers on social networks. Pay close attention to your privacy settings at least once a month, and don’t “overshare” with complete strangers.
Don’t give out your ZIP code to retailers
Knowing your zip code allows retailers to easily find your entire address so they can send you unwanted mail. By giving out personal information such as your email, phone number and zip code, you also pave the way for identity thieves.
Put a Google Alert on your name
It sounds very egotistical, but makes perfect sense. This way you can monitor search engine results and learn what others can find out about you. If you discover public information that could damage your reputation or puts your privacy at risk, contact the source and ask them to remove the information.
While any site that requires a password is at risk, you can reduce this risk by creating strong, complex passwords that are difficult to hack.
Contributed by TrustedID