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CU Insight: Tips to prevent identity theft this holiday season

Tuesday, December 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Identity theft is a real threat and it can be damaging to your finances and personal life. Make sure you’re doing all you can to keep yourself safe during this holiday season. Here are 5 things you can do to stay protected.

Secure your passwords: Stop using the word ‘password’ as your password. People actually do this. And don’t use your mother’s maiden name. It’s time to get sneaky. Create a complex password that only you can remember. For instance, maybe you’re a big Yankees fan. Design a passphrase like, “I think the Yankees will win the World Series in 2018! Then use the initials, symbols, and numbers from that phrase to create your password. That would look like this: IttYwwtWSi2018! Nobody’s going to guess that one. According to howsecureismypassword.net, it would take a computer 16 billion years to crack that password.

Shred sensitive information: Your weekly routine probably involves dragging your trash can out to the street on trash day. Make sure when this happens, you’re not throwing anything away that an identity thief could find valuable. Anything that contains account numbers, banking information, or social security numbers would be gold for a thief. Get online, buy a paper shredder and put it to work. This is the easiest way to help yourself stay protected.

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