Identity theft and fraud continued to affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the year. Our New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to continue to help you and your family stay safe and secure. We’ve pulled together our top five articles of 2016 to give you all the information you need in one place. Here’s to making 2017 the most secure year ever for your identity!
- When to Provide Your Social Security Number:
It seems like everyone wants to know your Social Security number. You’re asked for it when you’re applying for a job, visiting a doctor, enrolling your child in school, or applying for a credit card. So how do you know when to provide it and when to say no?
- Fiscal Irresponsibility:
Financial identity theft is the most common form of identity fraud—so much so that when people hear the words “identity theft,” they immediately think of credit card fraud. How can you ensure that your funds are safe? Here are several things you can do to help protect yourself from financial identity theft.
- Become an Email Cyber Sleuth:
Every time you check your email, your inbox is just waiting to become a crime scene. Cyber criminals may be hoping to steal your passwords and other personal or financial information. To stop them, you should look for clues before clicking on any email link. Here are six ways to spot phishing emails.
- Securing Your Home Wi-Fi:
An unsecured home Wi-Fi network leaves you open to anything from freeloading neighbors using up your bandwidth to criminals stealing your financial information or worse. Keep your connection secure by learning how to keep outsiders from discovering it in the first place.
- Arrrr! Prepare Not to be Boarded — Ransomware 101:
You’re working on your laptop when it stops responding to the keyboard, then the screen fills with a skull-and-crossbones image made of dollar signs. Your computer has been seized by ransomware. Learn what ransomware is, how it works, and follow these tips to avoid getting it.