Keeping Your Identity Safe During Holiday Season

by Joe on December 9, 2010

Here are eight easy ways you can shop smart and help keep your identity safe this holiday season.
I got these highlights from Lifelock, a company that offers services to protect identity. I was signed up to this service when my identity was potentially compromised, due to perceived exposure of some sensitivity data.         

In Stores

  1. Be aware of your surroundings and protect personal space at the ATM and registers.
  2. Inspect ATMs and points of sale terminals and look for tampering before swiping cards.
  3. Keep cards in sight when paying to deter dishonest cashiers.
  4. Store all receipts and closely check your monthly statements to verify transactions.

Online

  1. Be sure your anti-virus software is installed properly and up-to-date.
  2. Shop with retailers who you trust and who have a positive Better Business Bureau rating.
  3. Avoid links. Instead, visit shopping sites by directly typing in their website addresses.
  4. Don’t purchase items while using public computers or shared wireless networks.

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ross June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I think this is going to become an even bigger problem in the near future. In the last 12 months i’ve had 4 sites hacked and a yahoo ad account broken into and $15,000 charged on my credit card. I’ve been much more careful when it comes to passwords. It’s really important to try and have a new password for each account.
Just wait until everyone’s data is stored in the cloud. Everyone’s info will be ripe for the taking.

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