Leave it at home
Carry only the identification, medical, credit, and debit cards you need each day and leave the others in a locked container at home or in a safety deposit box. Never carry your Social Security card unless you need it that day.
Lock it up
Lock your wallet or purse in a safe place at work to keep your information secure from
co-workers, nosy visitors, and outside vendors who come into your office.
Be wise about Wi-Fi
Never use public Wi-Fi when performing financial transactions unless it’s password protected and secure. Wi-Fi broadcasts the information you send and receive to anyone in the vicinity, meaning a person with minimal technical acumen can intercept it. With secured Wi-Fi, the information is encrypted and safer.
Don’t share it
Know who can see your posts on social media. If you post too much about yourself, an identity thief can easily use the information to answer challenge questions on your accounts to gain access to your money and personal information. Never post your full name, Social Security Number, address, phone number, or account numbers on publicly accessible sites.
Don’t trust it
Don’t give out personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you’ve initiated the contact or know who you’re dealing with. Do not click on links in emails without first hovering over the link and checking the URL. If a company sends an email asking for personal information, don’t click the link. Instead, type the company name into your web browser, go to the company’s site, and contact them through customer service.
Visit the FTC site
Learn more about protecting yourself online, what to do if your identity is stolen, and your rights as a consumer through the Federal Trade Commission.