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Posted on March 31, 2014 by in Children & Families, Identity & Privacy, Personal

You do what it takes to protect what matters most––your family. You probably have life and homeowners insurance policies. You insure your cars and have health insurance to make sure your family has access to the healthcare when and if they need it.

But, what about protecting your family from identity theft? Identity theft can be costly and life altering. It can damage your credit score, cost you money and valuable time, and even keep you from qualifying for a loan. And it might be happening right now in your living room or home office.

Unsecured computers mean your family is vulnerable to identity theft 24/7. If you and your family members are shopping, banking, or socializing online, you are all at risk for identity theft. Here are some essential steps you should take today to make sure your family’s computers are as secure and safe as possible.

  • Keep your computer “clean” by keeping security software up to date and making sure that you regularly update your web browser and operating system. Most of this can happen automatically so set your auto updates today. This applies to tablets and smartphones too!
  • Password protect every account with unique long and strong letter, number, and symbol combinations. Keep a list of your passwords in a safe place far away from your computer.
  • Don’t over share – set the privacy and security settings on websites you visit to limit who gets to see your personal information.
  • If it quacks like a duck… well you know the saying. If something seems “fowl”, it probably is. Trust your gut. Never click on links or open emails that are from an unknown source, no matter how good it sounds. Cybercriminals spend their whole day thinking about how to compromise your security through emails, tweets, blog posts, and online ads. Think before you act and delete, delete, delete.
  • Shop and bank selectively online only on sites that start with https:// or shttp://. This means the site is doing everything it can to keep you safe.
  • Beware of Wi-Fi hotspots that might really be danger zones. Limit what you do on unsecure Wi-Fi hotspots and don’t accidentally “share” your device by forgetting to set your security settings.
  • It’s a family affair, so make sure your kids understand the dangers that lurk online and make sure they adhere to your rules about what they can and can’t do online.
    Remember taking these steps today can help protect you and your family from the everyday threat of identity theft. Check out for more tips and information.

And, adding IdentityForce’s complete identity theft protection is another great way to protect you and your family anytime you are online at home, at an airport, at a coffee shop, or anywhere you go! You can relax knowing that we monitor your personal information daily, alert you when there is suspicious activity, and help you take control if anything goes wrong.

Our Online Privacy Tools will help you proactively prevent malware from stealing your sensitive data while our DeleteNow feature finds and deletes information that violates your privacy or is inaccurate. If and when your personal information appears on the web, we’ll alert you. You’ll feel safer knowing IdentityForce is on your side.

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