- Utilize a screen lock feature such as a PIN, Pattern or Fingerprint.
- Keep your software and apps updated.
- Install antivirus software.
- Keep location settings enabled in case your phone is lost or stolen.
- Create strong passwords that are at least 10-12 characters long and include a combination of capital and lower case letters, digits, and special characters. Don't make them predictable and change them every 3-6 months.
- Don't use the same password repeatedly.
- Don't open emails from senders you do not recognize.
- Never email financial information or your Social Security Number unless it is through a secure email platform.
- Don't download software from untrustworthy sites.
- Keep your operating systems, security software, and browsers updated. Updates provide new patches for any security weaknesses.
- Don't stay signed into your accounts. When you are finished, log-off.
- Limit what you share on social networking sites and consider increasing your privacy settings.
- Make sure your home wireless network is secure. Change the default name and password to something only you and your family know.
Consider a Credit Freeze
- Also known as a Security Freeze, this is designed to restrict access to your credit report unless you temporarily lift or remove the freeze. A credit freeze makes it less likely that an identity thief can open a new account in your name. Be aware that a credit freeze can cause delays or other issues when you submit requests or applications that involve your credit report. Ask about such issues and consider the concerns against your need for identity security.
- To inquire or place a credit freeze on your file, contact each one of the following credit reporting agencies.