Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity and provide the ammunition for a criminal to steal an identity. This includes name, date of birth, social security number, mother’s maiden name to name a few. It is crucial to prioritize safeguarding your PII in order to keep your identity safe and reduce risk of identity theft.
Follow these best practices to help safeguard your PII:
- Don’t carry your passport or Social Security Card with you unless it is needed for something that day, these two pieces of PII provide would be thieves with enough information to steal your identity
- Shred old documents, medical papers and work related and other documents. These can provide an identity thief ample information to start stealing your identity.
- When shopping online, banking online or using the web in any other way where PII information is required, ensure you are on a trusted Wi-Fi network and use secure website URLs. Never save credit cards or other PII information on your browsers keychain
- Ensure your passwords are both strong and unique. Two of the biggest ways thieves gain access into your personal accounts is by either hacking an easy or commonly used password or by using one password to access multiple accounts. Using PasswordArmor® is a great way to manage multiple, complicated passwords while still being user friendly.
- Limit what you share on social media accounts and keep personal information to a minimum as it is very easy for thieves to find you online and pull a lot of information you may not even know is out there. One way to mitigate this risk is by using SocialArmor® to proactively monitor your social media accounts.
Beyond PII, the safest way to ensure your identity is not stolen is to enroll with a trusted Identity Protection provider through your benefits advisor. For more information on InfoArmor identity protection services, please visit MyPrivacyArmor.com.