In today’s day and age protecting your personal identity along with bank accounts, checking, and various other forms of technology that has your identity on them. You tend to overlook some of the more smaller aspects of protection. Sure you can do LifeLock or some other online identity protection service but sometimes they don’t always work.
To really keep up and make sure you keep your identity safe follow these simple steps and you should be safe and sound. Now I am not guaranteeing anything at all. People have a way of finding out ways around everything. Even the CEO of LifeLock challenged anyone to steal his information and he went so far as to put his real Social Security number on a rolling billboard and low and behold his information was stolen and used against him. Not just once…oh no 13 times his identity was stolen and used against him to open accounts and run up some big charges.
So while nothing is foolproof these tips will certainly help you when it comes to protecting your identity. Moving can be an overwhelming experience that creates opportunities for enterprising criminals. Make sure to protect your identity amidst the shuffle by following these smart steps from ProtectMyID (www.protectmyid.com).
Taking these small steps before and after a big move will not only give you piece of mind, it will help go a long way to ensuring the safety of you and your family in the long run.
Change of address
1. Change your address with all the companies, financial institutions, magazines, and other organizations that regularly send you mail. Identity theft is often carried out by stealing mail. The people who move into your old residence won’t necessarily steal your identity, but they will most likely throw mail that isn’t theirs, and they won’t necessarily take the care to shred it as you would. Prior to your move, change your mailing address through the United States Postal Service. You can even choose the date you want the change to take effect, so feel free to do this task early and cross it off your list.
Shred and shred
2. Shed and shred. Moving creates a good opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need, including old documents. But don’t just throw them away; shred sensitive personal documents you don’t need to keep.
Security is priority
3. Always keep the security of your identity in mind. Hire only a reputable moving company. After all, you are inviting them into your home. And, if your movers are going to pack your belongings for you, secure your important documents prior to their arrival.
4. Manage your technology inventory closely. Many households now include multiple computers, mobile phones, tablets, and other devices storing sensitive information. It would be easy for one to be inadvertently misplaced, or purposely stolen. Make sure your devices are securely packed in unmarked packaging, and that they are locked with strong passwords.
Keep items safe
5. Keep physical tabs on your identity. Regardless of whether you move yourself or use a moving company, keep your important documents with you in a secured place. When it comes to your identity, a filing cabinet in a trailer isn’t secure enough.