Protecting Your Identity in 2015
As the second month of 2015 kicks off, you may find yourself slacking on your New Year’s Resolutions. Luckily, there is one New Year’s Resolution that is very easy to keep and will benefit you for the whole year – protecting your identity. Keep these simple tips in mind to ensure so that your identity stays safe throughout 2015.
- Choose a safe password – while using a simple password, such as your pet’s name or 12345, may make it very easy to remember, it is not very secure. When creating a password, try to avoid using words that are in the dictionary. Make sure that all of your passwords are at least 7 characters long and include a lower case letter, upper case letter, and symbol.
- Use more than one password – do not use the same password for all of your various accounts. If someone is able to figure out your password for just one account, they now have access to all of your accounts. At the very minimum, use a different password for any accounts that have financial information.
- Hide your Social Security card – you should never keep your Social Security card with you. If there are specific times that you need your Social Security card, such as when you are starting a new job, put it back in a safe spot as soon as you are done with it. Carrying it around increases the chances of losing it.
- Protect your mail – identity thieves can easily get more than enough information to steal your identity by using the mail that you throw out. If a piece of mail has any personal information, make sure to shred it before you throw it away.
Having your identity stolen can lead to serious problems throughout your life, such as when it comes time to buy a home.
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