Protecting Your Identity

ShredFestThere are moments when our day gets a little crazy and we wish we could be someone else. Thieves or imposters take that one step further and obtain key pieces of personal information to use for their own personal gain. Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.

Unfortunately, identity theft is not just a financial crime and adults are not the only targets. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), some of the most common types of identity theft include: 

  • Financial
  • Child
  • Smart Phone Security
  • Governmental
  • Medical
  • Social Network

Identity theft can ruin a person’s financial status, credit and reputation. The process to resolve the matter can be a major headache. Fortunately, there are basic steps you can take to help prevent this from happening to you. Prevention starts with managing your personal info carefully and sensibly.

Shred your receipts, credit card offers, bank statements, returned checks and any other sensitive information. Your trash is their treasure. Look for a durable shredder capable of cross-cut shredding for documents, credit cards and CD’s. Small, basic ones start at about $25.

Keep track of your credit card billing cycles. Identity thieves can start by changing your billing address. Make sure you are receiving your bill every month.

 File away – in a safe and secure place – account numbers, expiration dates and telephone numbers.

Create “strong” passwords or PIN numbers. Include special characters, numbers and capital letters. SplashData, a company who makes password management applications, released its annual “Worst Passwords” list compiled from common passwords that are posted by hackers. The top 10 are:

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • abc123
  • qwerty
  • monkey
  • letmein
  • dragon
  • 111111
  • baseball

To help you in your efforts to secure personal information, Unison will be hosting a Shred Fest on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Bring your unwanted and outdated documents to Unison’s drive-thru Shred Fest. A professional document shredding company will be on hand to securely dispose of your documents.

Save the Date!

Drive – Thru Shred Fest

May 11, 9:00 am – Noon

Unison Credit Union, Crooks Ave. location

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