Myth: Identity theft
usually happens on the Internet.
Fact: Online methods accounted for only 11%
of identity theft in 2009.
Most identity theft happens
offline. According to a 2009 study by Javelin Strategy and Research, stolen
wallets and paperwork account for almost half (43%) of all identity theft.
Steps you can take to
help prevent identity theft include:
sensitive paperwork in a locked storage device and never put checks in an
sensitive paperwork when you no longer need it.
leave your wallet, purse, mobile phone, or laptop unattended.
You can increase your
identity protection online with these steps:
your computer with a firewall, antivirus, and antispyware
software. Keep all software current (including your web browser) with automatic
updating. Password-protect your wireless connection at home.
Never share personal information that could be used to steal your identity.
- Create strong passwords that are hard to guess, and do not share them with others.
Stay tuned to this
blog for more security myths debunked.