What do you think of when someone says that they have had their identity stolen? If you are like most people, you immediately assume that a criminal has gotten some of their actual credit cards and used them to make unauthorized purchases. If you are someone who uses your personal computer or mobile device for a lot of transactions, you may even think that some malware that stole a credit card number from an online transaction. While these are excellent examples of what can happen when someone steals specific financial information, they are only the tip of the iceberg with regard to what can happen when .
There are a few things you can do to . Be very careful what sensitive information you share with others over the phone and online. Sometimes, a thief will send out what are known as phishing emails. These emails may look like they come from your bank or your phone company. Don't respond to these emails if they request sensitive information like your password or social security number. Contact the company directly to find out if they actually need to talk to you. Reputable companies will almost never ask for your passwords in any context.
Keep your sensitive documents secure. Lock up your birth certificate and social security card when they are not being used. Secure your online information by using anti virus and anti malware software on your personal computer. Use strong passwords make up of a combinations of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and symbols. While it is impossible to keep your identity completely safe all of the time, Identity Guard® can provide you will tools and support to greatly increase your security and peace of mind.