March 25, 2022

10 Tips to Secure Your Identity

Cyber Security Fraud Prevention
  1. Never give your social security number or other personal information to anyone online.
  2. Do not open unsolicited emails, open web pages, or call phone numbers listed in suspicious emails, even if it appears urgent or demands an immediate response.
  3. Make sure you have anti-spyware and anti-virus software on your computer. Be sure to keep them updated and run scans at least weekly.
  4. Use strong passwords, eight characters or more, including numbers. Use a random order instead of words and change passwords frequently.
  5. Check your bank and credit card statements when they arrive and verify any charge you don't remember making.
  6. Shred any documents containing personal information before you throw it in the trash.
  7. Promptly remove mail from your mailbox. If you're gone for more than a day, have mail held at the Post Office until you return.
  8. Keep your passwords and access codes secret. Don't leave them in easy to find places on your desk - at work or in your home.
  9. Don't provide personal information over the phone to callers demanding confirmation of your identity.
  10. Keep your personal papers, passports, and social security cards secured in a lock box or other device and out of view.