Fraud Prevention Tips
Check your credit reports.
You can order a free copy of your credit report from all three of the credit reporting agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com. You are entitled to one free report from each of the credit bureaus once per year. This includes Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Monitor your bank accounts.
Update your computers and mobile devices.
Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
Set strong passwords.
A strong password should be at least eight characters that include a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Avoid obvious passwords like birthdays, addresses or phone numbers.
Secure your internet connection.
Watch out for phishing scams.
Keep personal information personal.
Social media profiles can be used to figure out passwords and answer security questions in the password reset tools. Control your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.