Our attorneys are committed to providing you with information that will help you and your family to live better lives. As part of that commitment, we are providing our thoughts on protecting you from identity theft.
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 2014 saw 783 data breaches and 332,646 identity theft complaints. This means that the risk of being a victim of identity theft is high – and it only goes up from here. With your handful of credit cards, online banking systems, and mobile banking apps, it’s easy to feel as though identity theft is lurking around every metaphorical corner.
Identity theft seems like an unstoppable crime, lurking in the shadows and conducted by unknown and unnamed hackers. Fortunately, you can protect yourself and your family. Some easy and effective ways to prevent identity theft include:
· Using anti-virus and anti-malware software
· Creating powerful passwords (experts advise using letters, spaces, symbols, and as many characters as possible)
· Being wary of and wise against fraudulent messages, such as emails promising easy money or rewarding investments
· Monitoring your bank accounts and other financial accounts diligently
· Checking your account statements for unauthorized charges or withdrawals
· Avoid downloading email attachments
Keeping your financial and personal information well-protected will significantly lower your risk of being victim to identity theft.
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