Placing a security freeze on your credit file is
one way to prevent identity theft. Click
here for step-by-step instructions.
Other preventive measures
The best deterrent to this crime is to be vigilant about
your personal information:
Keep your personal information, including your
Social Security card, in a locked, secure place in your home.
Shred financial documents, credit card offers,
and other paperwork.
Ask if you can use an alternative identifier
in place of using your Social Security number.
Do not give out any personal information over
the phone, Internet, or through the mail unless you are sure of
the requestor. Remember your bank, credit card company, or government
agencies will not call you to ask for this information.
Do not click on links sent in unsolicited emails
or click on a message in an email that states: "If you can't
read this email, click here." Make good use of firewalls,
anti-spy ware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer
or tablet and keep them up to date.
Check for secure websites before submitting
your personal information. A secure website will have an "s"
after the http in the browser address: https.
Make sure you have strong passwords - at least
eight characters, including upper and lower case, numbers, and
here for more strong password tips.