Ryan Insurance & Financial Services
Jan 02, 2019
It's officially 2019! It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone. New Year's Day is a great time to reflect on all the blessings of 2018 and start preparing ourselves for the new year.
So while we are trying to be our best self, unfortunately identity thieves are also trying to live our best life. This is especially prevalent around the new year and during tax season.
We want you to stay protected this year. Please check out the tips below to ensure you are protecting your identity in 2019.
9 WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT
1 - PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Make sure your social security card is stored in a safe location. Do not leave in your wallet or purse. Also, if your social security number is listed on your driver’s license, health insurance card, checkbook, etc. request to have it reissued.
2 - USE SECURE PASSWORDS
3 - REMOVE CREDIT CARDS THAT YOU'RE NOT USING FROM YOUR WALLET
Make sure to remove or cancel any cards you're not using.
4 - GET A FREE CREDIT REPORT
You are allowed one free report each year from the three national credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. That means you can request one report every four months. That way you can stay up to date on your credit score year round.
5 - DON'T GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION
Be careful of unsecured websites. A web page containing “https” in the address or a padlock symbol next to the address field is a secure site, meaning that the information you provide will be encrypted or scrambled, protecting it from hackers.
6 - SHRED DOCUMENTS WITH SENSITIVE INFORMATION
Invest in a cross-cut shredder that leaves no trace of the once-whole document.
7 - USE FIREWALL, VIRUS AND SPYWARE PROTECTION
Update it regularly to keep your computer safe from “uninvited guests.”
8 - REVIEW BILLS AND CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS
Make sure nothing is out of the ordinary. If you notice a discrepancy, contact your provider immediately.
9 - GET CYBER INSURANCE
Contact us to make sure you and your business are protected.