If you don’t have complete identity protection, you run the risk that your identity will be stolen. Today, there are many ways for criminals to get your information: social networks, data breaches, search engines, computer viruses, even rummaging through your garbage. While you can’t prevent criminals from accessing your personal information that’s already out there, you can make it more difficult for them to use it against you. Take this short quiz to find out if you’re doing all you can to prevent criminals from stealing your identity.
I use my mother’s maiden name, my birthday, or social security number (SSN) as a password.
I carry identification with my SSN on it such as my Driver’s License, Medical Insurance, or social security card.
I receive pre-approved credit offers in the mail.
I do not shred all sensitive papers listing my personal information.
I enter sweepstakes or contests that request my personal information.
I have my SSN and/or Driver’s License Number printed on my personal checks.
I place telephone orders on my mobile phone.
I have not checked my credit report in the last year.
I do not destroy expired or unused credit cards.
I use my debit card whenever I can.
I have my checks mailed to my house.
I give my personal information over the internet.
I do not review my monthly bank or credit card statements.
I do not have a firewall installed on my home computer.
I reply to requests to update account information over the internet.
I share my personal information on sites like Facebook and Twitter.