Identity Theft; Tips For Staying Safe

identity guard logoIdentity theft is one of those things that you hope you never have to deal with. Taking precautions before you become a victim is the BEST way to deal with identity theft.

Knowing what to do starts with knowing how identity theft happens. It is a lot easier than you would think (unfortunately.) Criminals use software, websites, e-mail scams, fake deals, pickpocketing, card readers on ATM and hacking into databases.

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Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Here are a few tips to keep yourself safe from identity theft

  1. Never download software unless you are sure it is from a reputable website.
  2. Do NOT open files (movies, documents, pictures, zipped files, etc.) unless you know who sent it to you. I also ask them if they sent it when I get something I’m not expecting.
  3. Never give out your social security number to just anyone. I don’t put it down on any form until I have to.
  4. Be sure you are using a secure site when you give any personal information. Look for the “s” in “https://” which means it’s secure.
  5. Shred documents containing personal information.
  6. Be sure to dispose of things like credit cards or old IDs in a safe way.

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Having access to the internet to connect with anyone anywhere leaves us open for identity theft even more now. As technology advances, so do the criminals. You need to have someone on your side to be sure your personal information is staying personal. IDENTITY GUARD offers protection for adults and with kID Sure, your children will also be protected.

IDENTITY GUARD offers a 3 free e-book with details about identity theft and how to stay safe from it when you sign up for their mailing list.

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Disclosure: This service was provided to me for review at no charge. In addition I received monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.

Let’s Talk About Identity Theft!

Have you (or someone you know) been a victim of identity theft? What tips do you have for keeping safe from identity theft?

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About Michele

A 40-something geek trying to juggle 4 kids, digital lifestyle blog, husband, running, living a healthy lifestyle and still find time for digital scrapbooking. Love Lifestyle Technology, Social Media, Fitness Gaming, Diet Coke, Running, PC & Mac Geek, Reading, Beach and anything with Glitter or Bling! I am addicted to learning and self-help books.

8 thoughts on “Identity Theft; Tips For Staying Safe

  1. I’m far too careless with my documents. I really need to be more proactive with shredding them. Every shredder I’ve ever had has bit the dust within a week. Guess I need an industrial one.

  2. My identity was stolen. Someone pretending to be me went to a pay-day loan company, QuickQuid, and borrowed £400 at 5,200% APR interest. Then QuickQuid wrote to me demanding repayment. For more details watch the video on my YouTube channel: (6 minutes). Fortunately, I won my case against QuickQuid, eventually, but the apparent ease with which someone fraudulently pretended to be me has caused both horror and distress.

  3. Everyone should be careful about what they throw out at work and on the road as well. Garbage picking is one of the leading methods criminals use in obtaining bank statements, utility bills, and getting enough information to open up a bank account, or worse, a duplicate ID under someone else\’s name.

  4. For paper shredding, Ecoshred will provide the best professional information destruction services available and provide the best overall value when dealing with the destruction of your confidential material.

  5. Pfu pfu never been scammed and hope to not be… Always use antivirus, because I know people who don’t, and after thief they look like surprised how it happened lol

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