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Suzanne Brown Agency LLC Blog: identity theft

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When shopping online, use one credit card for purchases and then track the charges either online or on the statement when it arrives. Make sure to use secure websites and log off when completing any purchases. Shoppers should look for an “s” in website URLs. READ MORE >>

Take care while traveling With the increase of holiday travel, did you know that your boarding passes and hotel key cards contain personal data about you so be careful how you store and discard these. Don’t toss yours in the hotel trashcan — take it home and shred it to protect your information. READ MORE >>

No one is immune to identity fraud Help protect against identity fraud You've probably heard of identity theft -which occurs when someone steals your personal information -but you may not be aware of the more serious crime of identity fraud. Identity fraud occurs when someone uses that stolen information to commit a crime or fraud in your name. READ MORE >>

Beware of card skimming You pull up to the gas station, take out your credit card and don’t think twice about it. However, credit card skimming seems to be more prevalent around the holidays. “Look to make sure there is only one slot or that there isn’t a piece of machinery around the slot to capture the information,” cautioned Schaffer. READ MORE >>

With the increase in online sales, identity theft is on the rise so be safe and avoid getting phished.    Beware of opening emails from unknown sources or clicking on links embedded in emails. If you get emails from vendors you traditionally shop with, it is recommended to  open a new window on your computer and going directly to the company’s website. READ MORE >>

5 Common Holiday Thefts 5 Common Holiday Thefts Home safety With traveling over the holidays and packages being delivered and left on porches, holiday season brings more thieves lurking residential areas searching for vacant homes and unattended packages. READ MORE >>

The IRS stops and flags suspicious or duplicate federal tax returns that falsely represent your identity, such as your name or social security number. If the IRS suspects tax ID theft, the agency will send a 5071C letter to your home address. If you receive this letter, verify your identity at idverify. READ MORE >>

In our busy lives, most of us will likely do some of our holiday shopping online.   It can really save time, take the stress out of the holidays and allow you to spend without breaking your budget.  How many times have you come home from the mall with so many items not on your list but none of the things on your list? READ MORE >>

5 Common Holiday Thefts Home safety With traveling over the holidays and packages being delivered and left on porches, holiday season brings more thieves lurking residential areas searching for vacant homes and unattended packages.  Thieves will follow delivery trucks waiting for an opportunity to strike. READ MORE >>

Encrypt your devices   More than 73% of the breaches serviced  in 2013 involving portable devices could’ve been prevented if the devices were encrypted. Encryption is a safe harbor under virtually every breach notification law. Automate patch management READ MORE >>

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