How You Can Protect Your Information

Keep Your Computer Secure and Up to Date

This is one of the critical areas where your information or assets can be compromised. If you haven’t done so already, you should install anti-virus software on your computer and keep the virus definitions up to date. Many people think they’re done when they install the software, but you need to configure the program to update regularly (recommended daily), because the bad guys are always working on new viruses. You should also consider installing anti-spyware software and a personal firewall. A simple on-line search can give you many resources to explore on how to do this.

Protect Your Personal Information

You are in the best position to control your personal information. From keeping information in a safe place, to limiting who you share your information with, to shredding your documents you no longer need, you can take precautionary steps that will prevent being victimized by identity theft. You can also take some proactive steps to help you quickly spot identity theft if it is occurring and minimize the damage. And finally, you need to be aware of what steps to take if you do become aware that your information has been compromised.

A great resource for learning what to do about this is available for free from the Federal Trade Commission. They have put together a one-stop website that’s designed to be your complete resource to learn more about identity theft and give you the key tools you need to deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. Visit the website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity