“As most Americans know, we live in an age when it’s not a matter of if, but when you will become a victim of identity theft”    FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Feb 2016

Top Tips For Preventing Identity Theft

  • Add antivirus protection to your smart phone
  • Add a password or thumb print to your phone. Have the phone lock if idle for more than a few minutes
  • Make sure all browsers, operating systems, antivirus software, Java, Flash readers are all updated (Patch regularly)
  • Use strong passwords and change frequently. If possible use two factor authentication
  • Don’t open emails or files from people you don’t know
  • Don’t open emails from banks (login to your account if you want to see the message)
  • Do not reply to any emails that ask for personal information
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi for browsing
  • Set browser to browse in “private” mode

Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Resolution

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There are many companies that for an annual fee will monitor your credit for irregularities and in the event your identity is stolen provide you a dedicated specialist who will facilitate the resolution of virtually any identity-related problem. Below are two reputable firms that we are familiar with.

ID Resolution  www.idresolution.net 877-308-9167

Life Lock www.lifelock.com  800-416-0599