January 24, 2024
9 ways to take control of your personal and financial information
With the rise in reported Identity theft and financial crime cases, it’s more important now than ever to protect your personal information. Scammers continue to advance their tactics to steal your private information. Follow these suggestions and keep your private information out of the hands of scammers.
Monitor your financial accounts.
- Review monthly financial statements.
- Set account alerts and read them.
- Add verbal passwords to your account for added security with call in request, if applicable.
Monitor your private information.
- Review credit reports.
- Shred documents before tossing them in the trash.
- Don’t let your mail sit in your mailbox.
Monitor your online activity.
- Store password safely, consider using a trusted password manager app or software.
- Set your social media security settings to private. Do not overshare online.
- Keep software patches and antivirus software updated.
- Enroll in electronic statements when you can.
- Monitor or apply a security freeze on your credit.
- Check out and become familiar with identitytheft.gov.
Additional Resource from the Federal Trade Commission
Routine steps we can all take to protect our personal information and reduce our risk of identity theft.