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Identity Theft Prevention Blog

Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft


Identity theft is something that is on the rise. If you have every had your credit card company call you to ask about suspicious charges on your account, you are likely familiar with how serious identity theft can be. Because more businesses have become digitally run than ever before, the amount of identity theft throughout the world has skyrocketed. Because it is so prevalent in today's society, it is important to understand the best ways to protect yourself. In this article, we will be going over some of the top ways to do so.

Top Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft:

1. Shop Carefully.

One of the first things that you are going to want to do is make sure that you are shopping carefully - especially online. It is important to take proactive steps towards protecting your identity when you are shopping online. By doing things like using a VPN while you are shopping on public WiFi or using temporary credit card features to shop with unique card numbers with your credit card, you can make it very difficult for someone to be able to actually succeed with their identity theft. You will also want to be sure that you are only shopping on secure websites with encryption. Make sure to see a "https" within the URL in order to ensure that it is a secure website to shop on.

2. Monitor Your Credit Cards and Reports.

Another important thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you are monitoring your credit cards and reports in order to guarantee that you are not becoming a victim of identity theft in terms of your credit cards and/or your overall credit. By monitoring your credit, you should be able to effectively minimize the chances of becoming a victim of identify theft without realizing it. The sooner you are able to identify suspicious activity, the likelier chances that you are able to remedy it before it becomes a serious problem.   Here's a great service that can help with this:

3. Don't Give Out Your Social Security Number.

Another important thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you are not giving out your social security number to people that do not need it. A lot of people or businesses might ask for it. Simply ask them why they need it and ask them the steps they are going to take to protect it.

4. Dispose Of Your Computer and/or Smartphone Safely.

Another important thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you either dispose of your computer or smartphone safely or that you are properly reformatting the hard drive so it erases all pertinent data on it. This will help keep all of your local stored data nice and safe.

In the end, it is going to be important to take various steps in order to protect yourself from identity theft. By taking the proactive steps above, you should be able to successfully do so.