As we become more reliant on technology, such as a smartphone, we open ourselves to different forms of identity fraud.  According to a 2012 Javelin Strategy and Research study, social media users are twice as likely to become a victim of identity theft as people that do not utilize social media. Additionally, smartphone users have a 33% higher risk for identity theft than the average consumer.

Despite warnings, consumers share too much information on public profiles. Protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Set privacy settings as high as you can.
  • Don’t share personal information online especially if you may use it in the future for a security question. This includes birth day/month/year, mother’s maiden name, high school name, phone number, pet’s name, etc.
  • Turn on your phone’s password protection to protect it and its contents if it is lost or stolen.
  • Update your operating system to account for latest security information.
  • Don’t store passwords on smart phones, and be sure to wipe memory cards before selling old phones or computers.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 789-2720.


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