8/6/2013 6:11 PM ET|
The ABCs of back-to-school identity theft protection
When back-to-school season starts setting in, scammers and identity thieves know the young are easy targets. Here are tips to protect your kids.
This post comes from Raul Vargas at partner site Credit.com.
- Buy a cross-cut shredder. Shred preapproved credit offers. Dumpster-diving is an epidemic on campuses because thieves know most students throw these offers away unopened.
- Use a safe. Lock up important papers like student loan and enrollment documents so they won’t be left lying around where anyone could see them.<
- Review bank statements. It’s an early tip-off to identity fraud, yet only about one-third of college students balance their checkbooks.
- Protect your computer. Even if you think you can trust your roommate, the same might not be true for the roommate’s friends or classmates. Use strong alphanumeric passwords with combinations of special characters and capitalization and update security software.
- Use secure mail boxes for outgoing mail. Use secure U.S. Postal Service drop boxes, instead.
- Don’t store login information on cellphones. If your phone is lost, contact your provider immediately.
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