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4 Ways to Protect Against Identity Theft at Home

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Don’t let thieves feel at home in your home. Take these steps now.

1. Protect your home Wi-Fi with a strong password.

One of the most effective ways to protect your personal information at home is with a strong Wi-Fi password. Leaving your Wi-Fi unsecured is like leaving your door open; using a weak password is like locking your door, but leaving your side window open. Thieves can use home Wi-Fi networks as a way to hack into your computers, phones and other internet-connected devices.

2. Secure internet-connected devices.

Speaking of computers, phones and other internet-connected devices, they should always be secured with strong PIN numbers, passwords, fingerprint ID systems or other advanced protection. Should a thief break into your home, they could steal a lot of personal information by nabbing an unsecured device.

3. Consider installing a home-security system.

Physical home break-ins still may pose a threat to your personal information. Think about billing statements in unlocked cabinets, credit cards left on counters, unopened mail, and other sensitive information you may not always secure. Home security systems with features like cameras, motion sensors and automatic emergency dialing may provide you with an extra layer of protection for better peace of mind.

4. Shred any documents with personal information on them.

Some thieves may not even need to break into homes themselves to steal valuable personal information. Sometimes called “dumpster divers,” these criminals root through trash looking for pieces of information they can use to exploit their victims. Assume that everything you throw away could be viewed by someone else. That means, when in doubt, shred it.

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