Keeping your personal identity safe is important to us. The following are some tips to keep you and your identity safe:
Don’t share personal information on social media
In an age of constant selfie sharing and “checking in”, we leave a lot of information out there for criminals to gather. Privacy settings are there to protect us. By not letting any and everyone see our personal info, we limit their access to us. Not listing your exact date of birth, home/email address, and phone number could help protect your identity.
Malware on your computer
Firewalls, spyware, and virus protection programs are all available and do a great job of keeping computer breaches at bay. A periodic virus scan will rid your computer of anything that has found its way in and destroy it.
Check your financial accounts frequently
By not looking at your checking and savings accounts often, you’re giving criminals the upper hand. If someone is using your debit or credit card info to make big purchases, you’ll be alerted by your bank most likely. But if they’re using it for $20 here or $50 there, you most likely won’t notice. Don’t allow criminals to take any amount of funds from you. Stay on top of your accounts and immediately alert your bank if there’s any activity that you don’t recognize as your own.
Don’t use unsecured WIFI
When you’re out and about is not the time to check your accounts if you’re not using secure WIFI. It may be convenient to grab and coffee and use the coffee shop’s WIFI, but unless you know it’s secure, be very careful with your passwords. Making internet purchases or logging into your bank account is best done on your own WIFI or another secure WIFI location. You give others potential access to your accounts on an unsecure WIFI connection so be cautious of what you do while on it.
Shred or burn financial documents
The best way to make sure no one gets their hands on your credit or banking information is to get rid of documents when you’re finished with them. If you live in the country and burn regularly, toss your bank and credit card statements in the fire. Getting a good shredder and taking the time to shred documents you don’t need is much easier than dealing with identity theft and its repercussions.
At Insouth Bank, we are here to help you protect yourself and your assets in any way we can. If you have further questions regarding protecting your identity, feel free to contact one of our friendly and helpful bankers!
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