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How to protect your financial information from hacking

How to protect yourself from being hacked and what to do if you are:

  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card to make online purchases. It's easier to fight fraudulent charges made with a credit card than it is charges on a debit card.
  • Check your accounts regularly and immediately report any anomalies.
  • Request a new card and it’s a debit card, change the PIN
  • Ask any organization that collects information about you what they are doing to safeguard their information and let them know that you insist it’s protected
  • Use strong, unique passwords
  • Don’t use public WiFi
  • Minimize information that is available about you publicly
  • Don’t share Social Security numbers unless you are legally required to. Share as a little Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as possible 
  • Avoid sites that might be prime hacker targets
  • Check your credit report regularly
  • Cancel any/all fraudulent and/or compromised accounts
  • Consider identity theft protection
  • Consider Identity Theft protection from companies like LifeLock, Identity Guard or MetLife Defender
  • Shred all documents that contain PII
  • Remember, not everyone on the Internet is who they claim to be!
  • Despite any privacy settings, what you post is NOT really private and is permanent for all intents and purposes

If your identity is stolen:

  • File an Identity Theft report with the FTC immediately your identity
  • Place a fraud alert on their credit report and send the credit bureaus the Identity Theft report
  • Place a security freeze on their credit report
  • Consider getting a new Social Security number, which is possible, but can be difficult

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