Four ways to prevent identity theft
You know what’s scarier than a scary movie? Having your identity stolen. You have no idea what’s going to happen next: Will some fraudster drain your bank account? Will they run up thousands of dollars in purchases? Is it going to take months or years to undo the damage?
The problem is real, and it’s becoming more widespread, according to this post at the SunTrust Resource Center:
“In 2011, identity theft was up by 13 percent, with more than 11.6 million adults becoming victims, according to a report by Javelin Research. Social media and time spent on mobile devices have made sensitive personal information ever more available.
‘The more information you share about yourself, your family and your friends, the more potential of it being used by bad actors,’ says Susan Grant, director of consumer protection with the Consumer Federation of America.”
The good news: there are practical steps you can take to safeguard sensitive data. Read the entire story at the SunTrust Resource Center for specific things you can do now to protect your identity, and yourself.