Christmas is right around the corner, and with the busy holiday season comes an increase in spending – online and in the store. Many people are using their smartphones, tablets, and other devices for online transactions and yet they don’t know how to safeguard their information so it doesn’t get stolen.
Today I wanted to share with you some great advice from Navy Federal Bank about protecting your information and privacy.
Why military families are at a greater risk of identity fraud
I know firsthand how awful it is to have your informations stolen online. You look at your bank statement online and see charges that you know you and your spouse didn’t make, and your soldier just happens to be travelling overseas and cannot be reached.
Military families are especially at risk for having their information stolen:
- Moving often leaves a trail of old addresses
- Your soldier’s SSN and date of birth is on every piece of government paper
- You travel often
- Military members are often targets for hackers
If having your credit card, bank, and personal information stolen isn’t part of your holiday plans, please take precautions with your privacy.
- Make sure you are disposing of documents properly. Don’t just throw military paperwork and mail with personal information on it in the trash without shredding.
- The easiest way to protect your information online is to change your passwords. Don’t use easy passwords like “abc123” and don’t use the same password for everything.
- Take precaution with what apps you download to your devices and what sites you visit online. Use a malware removal software for your computer.
- Keep your information on social media private! If you don’t want to share it with the world, don’t post it to the world.
- Report any suspicious activity on your cards or bank accounts right away! Don’t wait. You can call and ask about the transaction and cancel your card or dispute the charge.
Navy Federal has provided this handy infographic to help you remember to keep your private information private: