- Keep IDs and passwords confidential.
- Consider using different passwords for each online service. Using multiple passwords makes it hard for a hacker to compromise multiple accounts if one password is stolen.
- Change your passwords frequently.
- Use passwords that include letters and numbers that are not easily discernable (do not use birthdays, child’s name, etc.). Security experts recommend passwords contain a minimum of 14 characters.
- Make sure to keep your contact information current. This information is vital for receiving important security alerts and notifications about your account. It is also used when verifying changes to your account such as login information updates.
- Keep your security software up to date which reduces the chance of your personal computer getting compromised.
These precautions and your vigilance in monitoring your accounts and credit report for fraudulent activity can go a long way in reducing your exposure to online identity theft.
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