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15 ways to have identity theft prevention

By Amanda Randell
Published: Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

These are 15 easy ways to getting identity theft protection.

  1. Give your personal information sparingly.
  2. Never carry your Social Security card when you go out.
    Leave this very important document in a vault, somewhere private and where you can easily retrieve it when you need it.
  3. When you enroll in websites, do not give your social security number (SSN)—unless you trust the site implicitly.
    This is important for identity theft prevention.
  4. Do not give out your mother’s maiden name.
    Using your mother’s maiden name, anyone can retrieve a copy of your birth certificate and retrieve other vital information like address, SSN and so on.
  5. Unless you initiate the call (like when you call the help hotline of your cable provider), do not give out important information.
    You may get some valid sales calls like from official call centers of big companies. However, you can easily confuse these legitimate calls from questionable offers coming from bogus companies. Legitimate calls won’t ask for such important information over the telephone. When the caller asks for your SSN or bank account number, turn on your identity theft protection shield.
  6. Do not answer emails that ask for your personal information.
  7. Change passwords often and make sure that these are strong.
    Mixed letters, numbers and symbols compose a strong password. In addition, you can also change capitalization to make it even stronger for effective identity theft prevention.
  8. It is important to install a firewall to your home computer.
    This way, your personal files and account details are protected from hackers.
  9. Update all software programs.
    Outdated software is easy to hack into so you should definitely update your software in order to prevent hackers from using vulnerable software to get into your computer.
  10. If you have just shared files through the Internet with your computer, shut it down immediately.
    This way, you effectively cut-off all lines of connection between you and other users that might have questionable motives for joining the file-sharing.
  11. Use vague usernames and email addresses.
    It would make your activity on the Internet hard to track and predict. This way, the thief won’t be able to have access to all of your important online accounts.
  12. Make sure that the online website is secure before purchasing from it.
    Go for the trusted websites. Don’t gamble your chances and money with an obscure company.
  13. Be very skeptical of online sweepstakes.
    Chances are, these are not legitimate and it’s just a ploy to get your information.
  14. Do not post too many information about you or your family on your own website.
    If you want an effective identity theft prevention strategy, you should be conscious of what information you publish on the web.
  15. Even if you are using your personal computer, do not use the “Save Password” option for very important accounts.
    This information can be easily hacked into by other users of your computer or by hackers on the web. Keep your important accounts secret.

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