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Don't Give Away Your Identity This Holiday Season
Calling all holiday shoppers: Here's how to protect yourself from identity thieves this season.
• Look for indicators that a retailer’s website is secure, such as a lock icon on the status bar or a web address beginning with https.
• Use caution when shopping at a Wi-Fi hot spot. If you’re on an unsecured network, other users can see what you see – and what you send.
• Remember that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
• Know the seller before you buy.
• Don’t click on pop-up ads or links in unsolicited emails.
• Don’t provide personal information via email. Instead, call the business at a number you know to be correct to confirm the request.
• Consider checking your accounts online periodically so that you can spot potentially fraudulent activity more quickly.
• Use strong passwords, and change them often.
• Make sure the virus scan detection software on your computer is current.
Out and About
• If you own a credit or debit card containing a chip, use a chip-enabled reader whenever possible. A chip transaction is more secure than one initiated with a magnetic stripe.
• Don’t carry your Social Security number in your wallet or write it on a check.
• Provide it only if absolutely necessary, or ask to use another identifier.
• Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket or in an open purse slung over your shoulder.
If you believe your identity has been stolen, contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/
Edward Jones - Mark Grooters: Financial Advisor