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Protect Your Personal Information

Carry only necessary identification. Do not carry your Social Security card with you.

  • Make sure that your driver's license number is not your Social Security number.
  • Make copies of all the information that you carry daily, such as credit cards, driver's license, and insurance cards, and keep the copies in a secure place. This will be an easy way to reference what you have in your wallet or purse if it should be stolen.
  • Be cautious when providing your Social Security number. Verify every time you provide it whether it is needed for the application or transaction.
  • Be cautious of telephone and door-to-door solicitations.
  • Never provide personal information unless you have initiated the contact and have confirmed the business or person's identity.
  • Confirm the validity of all requests for sensitive personal, financial, or account information, particularly if they are made with an urgent or threatening tone.
  • Opt out of all pre-approved credit card offers by dialing 1-888-567-8688. This will opt you out of all pre-approved credit card offers.
  • Don't leave personal information in your car.
  • Shred unnecessary financial documents immediately. Discard unused instant credit offers, ensuring that they are properly shredded.
  • Eliminate as much paper as possible, and be cautious with the paper you receive.
  • Take steps to reduce the amount of mail you receive that displays personal information.
  • Collect your mail promptly. Use U.S. Postal Service mailboxes for outgoing mail when possible.
  • Monitor all of your banking and credit card accounts regularly.
  • Check your credit report annually.
  • Passwords & Personal Identification Number (PIN)
Choose passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs) that are difficult for others to guess.
  • Do not share your IDs, passwords, or PINs with anyone.
  • Change your passwords often.
  • Try not to use personal information in your passwords or PINs. Passwords that contain information such as your name, date of birth, or telephone number are not as secure as more random information.
  • Protect your credit and identity
Get access to what leading credit reporting agencies have on your file(s)
  • Find out when certain changes to your credit file(s) occur
  • Safeguard yourself from identity theft
  • Be sure to receive your free annual credit report each year
  • Eliminate Paper
Receive and store as many of your account statements electronically as you can.
  • Reduce the number of paper statements you receive by signing up for e-statements.
  • View your account activity electronically often.
  • Eliminate as much paper as possible, and be cautious with the paper you receive.
  • Shred unnecessary financial documents immediately.
  • Opt out of all pre-approved credit card mail offers by dialing 1-888-567-8688.
  • Use direct deposit to have paychecks, dividends, and other recurring credits deposited directly to your account.


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