National Safety Corporation: Protecting Against ID Theft
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Something for the Grown-Ups: Protecting Against ID Theft
The ABC's of ID Theft Prevention and Beyond (Page 2 L - U)
L. Be stingy about giving out your social security number or mother's maiden name. Many entities ask for
this information simply to use as an identification method, and therefore, you should ask them to utilize
some other method to identify you. Never give out this information online or over phone if you did not initiate
M. Do not keep your Social Security card in your wallet or purse.
N. Check Social Security earnings and benefits statement each year for fraud.
O. Beef up your passwords & change them often. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long and
include letters (usually just numbers for ATM PIN #'s) and numbers. For extra security, also utilize upper
case, lower case, and characters when possible. Change your passwords / PINs every 4 to 6 months.
P. Protect your passwords – do not store them in a file on your hard drive. A sheet of paper in a locked safe
or password program on a removable USB drive works best for storing your passwords for reference when
Q. Do not use the same password for more than one entity that has your personal information.
R. Register your phone number with the FTC to block telemarketers.
S. Check your credit report often. Although finding an unauthorized account on your credit report merely
confirms that your identity has been stolen, at least you'll know.
T. If you throw something away containing anything personal, even just your address, first shred it in a
U. Consider a proactive approach by using an ID Theft Prevention Service offered by NSC.