How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
Identity theft is on the rise, and for the most part criminals tend to use these identities for online shopping. In 2016, identity theft hit a record of 15.4 million Americans, up 16% from 2015.
If you don’t want to be part of the more than $15 billion identity theft industry, here are some tips to help protect yourself.
Use Secure Websites/Secure Your Devices & Accounts
When doing business over the internet, be sure to use a secure website. A web page with “HTTPS://” at the beginning – before the “www.”, like Sentry Bank – or a padlock symbol next to the address is a secure site, which means your information is encrypted and secure from hackers in transit and on the businesses end.
On your end, make sure your devices are protected with a firewall, virus and spyware protection. Also, change your passwords regularly to keep your accounts safe.
Keep An Emergency Contact List
Make a list of your credit card and bank account numbers along with the customer service lines for each and keep it in a safe place. If you do fall victim to identity theft, this list will make it quick and easy to put a hold on your accounts, preventing any additional fraudulent charges.
Contact Sentry Bank if your bank accounts have been compromised. Also contact your local police department to report identity theft or fraud of any type.