November 22, 2013

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Tis’ The Season To Get Your Identity Stolen

It’s that special time of year, again. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, as are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the biggest shopping days of the year. Between coordinating who’s cooking the turkey, or ham, attending your children’s school pageants, and making travel plans, little time is left to shop for family and friends. It’s easy to lose track of important details and become careless while shopping.

Rather than providing you with tips on how to protect yourself from identity thieves this holiday season, following are ten easy ways to increase your chances of having your identity stolen:

Ten Easy Ways To Help Identity Thieves

  • Shop online retailers you’ve never heard of, or researched.
  • Click on any online pop-up ads and email links that offer deals too good to refuse.
  • Make online purchases on unsecured websites, who needs that cute little Lock, anyways?
  • Use public WiFi when shopping online.
  • Ignore your credit card and bank statements until after the New Year.
  • Carry your social security card and as many credit cards as you can jam into your wallet or purse, as possible.
  • When keying in your passcode to withdraw money from an ATM, make sure the keypad you use is visible.
  • Fill out raffle and donation forms with your personal information.
  • If you’re going to be away for several days, go ahead and let your mail pile-up in the mailbox.
  • Leave your purse or wallet in your car where it’s visible.

Don’t let things fall through the cracks during your holiday fervor. Pay attention to the details and take great care to protect your personal information while shopping online and at local retailers.

Enjoy your holidays. Don’t help identity thieves enjoy theirs.

Ezzy Languzzi

Ezzy is a working mother and educator. She writes from the perspective of a parent seeking to strike a balance between all that technology has to offer and its privacy implications. Ezzy lives in Boston with her husband, son, two dogs, and two chickens.

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